Practical Updates About Renewable Energy Technologies

Solar photovoltaics. Electric vehicle supply equipment. Grid-interactive technologies. Implementing and working with clean energy infrastructure involves dozens of different topics, and getting (and staying) up to speed on them can be a bear. That’s where our webinar series, EMPOWERED Solutions, comes in. Each month, we’ll dive in and explore one topic surrounding distributed energy resources (DERs), getting you the information you need for free. Designed specifically for building operators, managers, and safety officials, EMPOWERED SOLUTIONS provides timely and industry-vetted resources on the safe and effective deployment of DERs in buildings across the country.

This webinar series is a collaborative effort designed to get you what you need in an efficient and easily accessible manner. The webinars include:

  • Technical Experts
  • Practical Tips
  • Job Aids
  • Q&A Sessions

Webinar Recordings

March 26, 2024, 2-3:30 p.m. ET: Streamlined Permitting & Inspections—Solar, Storage, EV Charging Lessons Learned

With the increased funding available for the growth of solar, energy storage, and electric vehicles, the number of permit applications for these technologies will continue to steadily increase, and so will the workload for staff of local governments. In this webinar, learn about available resources to streamline these permitting and inspection processes, and key lessons learned through a recent pilot in Arizona and Massachusetts.

March 7, 2024, 12-1:30 pm ET: Empowering Communities: Essential Training for Solar, Storage, Electric Vehicles, and Electrification

In this webinar you will learn about training and resources developed by experts from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), New Buildings Institute (NBI), Southface Energy Institute, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. You will gain access to free and easy to understand resources and CEU-bearing training.

November 6, 2023, 2-3:30 pm ET: Efficiency, Energy, and Safety Codes: What Is Working Around the County to Foster Resilient Communities

In this webinar, experts from the nation’s regional energy efficiency organizations share the building projects that have been the most effective at improving resilience in their areas. After viewing, you will better understand codes for efficient, EV-ready, and solar-ready buildings. The webinar also includes a sneak peek at provisions in the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and much more. You will leave with strategies that you can implement in your jurisdiction to ensure a resilient and sustainable community.

October 10, 2023, 2-3:30 pm ET: Planning for the Equitable and Safe Deployment of Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure

Electric vehicles are here and (millions) more are on the way. Ambitious EV adoption goals from local, state, and federal governments need reliable and equitable charging infrastructure. There are resources available to inform decision-makers in every aspect of the planning, implementation, and enforcement processes. However, we can all use help finding the most appropriate resources, identifying what parts of the resources are applicable to our given stage in the process, and identifying where to turn when we hit a roadblock.

March 21, 2023, 2-3:30 p.m. ET: Commercial Building Electrification Pathways

Across the United States, utilities, cities, and states are offering programs and incentives to electrify space heating, water heating, and other applications. The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will accelerate these efforts beginning in 2023. What are the considerations to decarbonize commercial buildings upon equipment failure or when investing in capital upgrades? What are some options and strategies to achieve an all-electric efficient building? How do electric installations compare to conventional technology from a cost perspective, factoring in energy savings and available rebates and incentives? Explore the answers in this free webinar.

February 21, 2023, 2-3:30 p.m. ET: Residential Building Electrification Pathways

Across the country, there is a move toward building electrification, replacing appliances that use other fuels with electricity. Learn about the trends in retrofitting we are most likely to see in the coming years that move the U.S. toward a 100% electric future. Bring your questions about how the following efficiency technologies can work together: Weatherization, heat pump water heating, efficient heat pumps, induction stoves, and electric infrastructure upgrades.

January 17, 2023, 2-3:30 p.m. ET: High Performance Homes and Material Safety

2023 will usher in an unprecedented year for energy efficient buildings. If you are a building owner or developer, you may be considering constructing or retrofitting your building with efficient materials. If you are a code official, you are likely to be inspecting buildings constructed with different materials and systems. And if you are involved in any aspect of building fire safety, you probably have questions about the safety of these efficient building materials. Building materials have long been studied to learn about their impacts on building durability, but only recently have the materials and systems been examined to look at fire performance as well.

November 17, 2022, 2:30-4 p.m. ET: Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps—Efficacy and Building Readiness

Improved technology, the move toward building electrification, and new funding sources are rapidly increasing consumer demand for air source heat pumps. Discover how heat pumps are transforming buildings in cold climates, including multifamily and commercial buildings. Learn about the benefits of switching to a heat pump and how to maximize your investment through cost effective weatherization. 

October 25, 2022, 2:30-4 p.m. ET: What Impacts the Safe Installation of Energy Storage Systems?

Whether you are being asked to design, install, or inspect an energy storage system, you’ll want to understand the opportunities energy storage presents and the plan for safe installations. Join us to engage with a diverse group of panelists to discuss why you should care about the exponential growth of these systems and what you can expect in the coming year. Get your questions answered live so you can benefit from the safe and widespread adoption of energy storage.

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September 28, 2022, 2:30-4 p.m. ET: The Possibilities of EV Charging

Electric vehicles are here, and more are joining the roads every day. Join our panelists to discuss funding options available to install charging stations at your property and hear how some cities and towns have benefited from being EV-friendly. Learn about how you can be part of the EV revolution, even if you weren’t sure how quickly it would arrive!


EMPOWERED Solutions is a collaborative effort between leading clean energy organizations. Partners involved in the project include: