Webinar: Renewable Energy & Efficiency Solutions for Commercial Tenants

Updated August 18, 2018 | Lynn Abramson, President, Clean Energy Business Network

Thank you to all CEBN members who took the time to submit ideas and case studies for this webinar! Our partners at the Climate Collaborative selected CEBN member MHR Development to give a broad overview of clean energy solutions for commercial tenants on a webinar on August 17, 2018. View the webinar below and access the power point slides here.

The Tenant's Triumph: How to Improve Energy Signatures of Leased Facilities from Climate Collaborative on Vimeo.

The CEBN received many high-quality, relevant submissions on this topic and intends to pull these resources together (with permission) to share as a resource for parties interested in making climate commitments via the “We Are Still In” movement. We are also exploring the possibility of additional webinars covering some of the topics addressed in the case studies we received, and will keep CEBN members posted on these opportunities as they arise.

Original Post June 1, 2018

NOTE: This opportunity has passed.

The CEBN is partnering with small- and medium-size business groups involved in the “We Are Still In” climate commitment movement to identify clean energy technology and service providers who can provide technical assistance to commercial businesses seeking to increase their clean energy procurement. This is a great opportunity to increase your exposure to potential clients while helping businesses across the country learn how to become more sustainable.

As a first step, we are helping the Climate Collaborative identify experts who can speak about renewable energy and efficiency solutions for commercial tenants—i.e., how can businesses invest in renewable energy and efficiency when they don’t own their building?

Interested companies should send us an email at cebn@cebn.org by Monday, June 11 with the following information:

  • Link, pdf, or video of at least one relevant case study
  • Up to 150-word abstract of the proposed renewable energy or efficiency solutions for tenants you would like to discuss

Client needs:

  • The audience will include mainly companies from the natural products or food products industry who have made commitments to improve sustainability (see examples in this list).
  • Many of these companies have very limited expertise in energy so you will need to be able to present information in a very basic, accessible manner.
  • Most of these companies are leasing office space, and some may also be leasing space in other retail, food processing, or warehouse facilities. Some are contracting with other facilities to handle their processing and packaging needs, so there is a large supply chain component to their energy use.

Possible strategies to discuss (but we are open to other ideas):

  • Supply chain procurement strategies—e.g., assessing the energy sources of supply chain providers and taking that into account in the life cycle energy sources/use of products
  • Purchasing power (at least for tenants who pay their own utility bill)—e.g., tapping into retail choice/community solar/demand response programs to source electricity from cleaner sources and/or reduce consumption
  • Effective financing and negotiating strategies to work with the landlord and other tenants

Providers we are seeking:

  • Companies with experience serving commercial tenants in renewable energy and efficiency solutions
  • Expertise in energy life cycle assessment, project engineering and development, retail electricity, or community solar
  • Pitch us—open to other ideas!

We will follow up if we are interested in discussing further, and will work with our partner to identify the final slate of speakers most relevant to their needs. If we do NOT ask you to speak we may consider adding your case study and information to a written list of resources to share with attendees—please let us know at time of submission if you do not want us to include your materials in such resources.


The Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN) works to advance the clean energy economy through policy, public education, and business support for small- and medium-size energy companies. Started in 2009 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the CEBN is now a small business division of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. The CEBN represents 3,000+ business leaders across all 50 U.S. states working with a broad range of clean energy and transportation technologies.