Pre-Conference Workshops

All Workshops are Open to the Public, Subject to Change.  Space is limited.

November 9th, 1 - 3 pm

 Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Authority Service Provider Training

The PACE Service Provider Training workshop is a unique opportunity to learn about the PACE financing mechanism and how it can benefit your business or property. Hear an overview of PACE, learn how to market PACE financing, examine the technical requirements that go into a PACE project, and learn how the application process works.  The workshop also has an informative PACE Capital Provider Perspectives panel, contains an update on the current ‘PACE in a Box’ market, and includes current case studies.
·        PACE Overview
·        Technical Requirements
·        The Application Process
·        Capital Provider Perspectives
·        Investor Confidence Project protocol
All attendees will receive a binder with application and marketing materials, and a USB drive with all files. 

Speaker: Jonathan Blackburn, PACE

November 9th,  3 - 4 pm

Wind Energy Leasing Best Practices when Dealing with Landowners

Participants will earn Ethics CLE credit

Moderator: Patricia Sherman Bruce, Principal Counsel, Energy & Natural Resources
Husch Blackwell

November 9th,  3 - 5 pm

Go Solar Texas: Building Capacity for Solar at the Local Level

Come learn about tools to address common barriers to solar at the local level and what regulations are being adopted by cities to support solar energy.  

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) recently finalized a number of resources to help increase deployment of solar energy systems across Texas, under a contract with the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO ). Designed to help guide viewers to audience-specific resources, houses tools for home and business owners, local governments, school districts, utilities and other professionals that are adaptable for all regions in Texas. Community Solar will be highlighted as an emerging trend in Texas and the workshop will detail the major community solar decision points and resources to reference. 

The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club has been taken an active role in several communities in Texas to help promote solar as well, both through community solar projects, and new building code development that encourage the use of solar power. From Houston, to Austin, to San Antonio, to Leakey, Texas, exciting development in local solar and storage are happening! Get in on the ground floor. 


Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club
Drew O'Bryan, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club
Kristina Ronneber, Air Quality Planner, NCTCOG