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ELW in the Community – Spring Happenings

Once we at Energy Law Wisconsin shook off the last of the snow from our historic winter, we were off and running. Here is a sampling of some of the events we’ve been involved with this spring:

RENEW Wisconsin Windspread Retreat

On April 22, Michael Allen celebrated Earth Day by attending RENEW Wisconsin’s Strategic Planning Session at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin. Michael and the rest of the RENEW Board met with thought leaders in the renewable energy community to develop and fine tune RENEW’s strategic vision for 2014 and beyond.  RENEW Wisconsin continues to advance renewable energy policies for Wisconsin through advocacy, education, and collaborative initiatives in its 23rd year. Michael is completing his sixth year as a RENEW Board member. For more information and 2014 updates, click here.

Midwest Solar Expo

The Midwest Solar Expo  took place May 16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Michael Allen joined other solar industry professionals to hear the latest in developments in our neighboring state. Jigar Shah (founder of SunEdison and CEO of the Carbon War Room) gave the keynote speech. Mr. Shah is also the author of “Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy”, a combination of memoir and guide to solar business principles. Mr. Shah discussed how local solar installers can survive by leveraging their ability to target local markets and their marketing advantages in local solar projects. He offered advice on how to compete effectively, bringing down soft costs, developing customer relationships to promote cross sales, and the future of federal and state solar policy.

Leadership Sun Prairie Graduation

Paralegal Colleen Wenos graduated from Leadership Sun Prairie Class XVII on May 21. The group was started in 1997 by a group of business professionals, including Michael Allen, and Colleen recaptured some of her experiences on this blog. The class project, developing bike map kiosks for Carriage Hills Estates, Orfan and West Sheehan parks in Sun Prairie, will be installed later this summer.

Sun Prairie High School DECA Awards Banquet

Energy Law Wisconsin is a business partner for Sun Prairie High School’s DECA chapter, and Michael Allen spoke on the subject entrepreneurship at the June 4 year-end lunch banquet at Sun Prairie High School. He drew on his own experience as an “accidental entrepreneur”, setting up a law firm after 20 years in large law firms and on his experience working closely with startup companies, including Idle Free Systems, a maker of fuel saving idle elimination systems in Watertown, Wisconsin.

Written on June 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm, by Energy Law Wisconsin