Solar Town Hall & Happy Hour

  • April 22, 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • NECA/IBEW NET ZERO TRAINING CENTER 5455 Glenway Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45238



We invite our 2030 District community and anyone interested in solar to participate in this exciting opportunity to learn about the latest in solar technologies. Join us as we hear from experts across the solar industry and connect with leaders in our community implementing solar at a variety of scales. 


No registration is required. This event is free and open to the public.


This event is also eligible for AIA HSW and self-reporting for GBCI. The CE Program is from 3:30-4:30 PM.

Featuring: 


- Rick Fisher - Business Manager/Financial Secretary, IBEW Local 212

- Michael Forrester - Director, City of Cincinnati's Office of Environment and Sustainability

- Matt Kolbinsky - Owner, Pro Lighting & Solar

- Elizabeth Rojas - Director, Cincinnati 2030 District


Also hear from a number of solar-powered building owners and providers including representatives from HighGrain Brewery, Paff Electric & Solar, and more!

Event Hosts:


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is comprised of proud union members with a wide diversity of skills and jobs. One of the most progressive unions in existence, the IBEW represents some 750,000 members in the United States and Canada.

Involved in the leading edge of technology, IBEW utility members from all over the country are involved in maintaining power to homes, battling some of the most adverse weather conditions to see that people have heat and electricity. In fact, it's almost impossible not to see the results daily of IBEW members at work.


PRO Lighting & Solar is an innovative and creative company with a progressive approach to energy efficiency, solar PV, energy storage solutions and EV Charging infrastructure solutions. We specialize in net zero facilities.

The Cincinnati chapter of the American Institute of Architects advocates for the architectural profession, provides professional development, facilitates knowledge communities, encourages collegiality, and offers resources to architects in our community as they lead the creation and preservation of well-designed, equitable, and sustainable built environments."

The Solar Town Hall gets 1 LU/HSW. AIA Cincinnati's contact information is 513-421-4661 and info@aiacincinnati.org.

  •  Learning objectives:
  1. Describe where Solar is today and what has been accomplished to date.
  2. Compare and contrast solar implementation options including Rooftop array, Building Cantilever, and Ground Mount arrays. 
  3. Identify the design impacts when considering solar for your project and list some of the key opportunities for local businesses, solar providers, and financing methods. 
  4. Discuss the 2030 Challenge and how Solar can contribute towards energy efficiency and a Net Zero building
  • Instructional delivery method(s)Live
  • Approved LUs and type1LU/HSW
  • AIA CES program approval expiration date3/3/2025
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Program level: Beginner
  • Advance learner preparation: none
  • Program description: This three-hour session will provide participants with a broad range of information regarding Solar types, design, and implementation across residential, small business, and commercial business platforms. This session will focus on reducing environmental impacts with on-site renewables exploring how solar can contribute toward a net-zero energy footprint. Interviews with design teams, electrical contractors, engineers, and end-users will provide an informative narrative on the process steps and lessons learned for anyone interested in implementing solar for themselves.
  • Course registration and, where applicable, attendance requirementsnone

  • Cancellation policynone

  • Refund policy for learning programs sold for a fee: none

  • Official AIA CES Provider statement: 

    AIA Cincinnati is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number 088. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES (cessupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

    This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

    AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.




The Cincinnati 2030 District is a collaborative effort to create a network of healthy, sustainable, & high-performing buildings in the city of Cincinnati. Participating members make a collective commitment to reduce their buildings’ energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 50% by 2030.

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