Author posts: Solar Outreach Partnership Staff

Follow the Money: Utilizing Federally-Subsidized Bonds for Solar

As with many public projects, finding a way to pay for the upfront costs of a solar installation can be the largest stumbling block to a local government’s ambitions to go solar. One under-utilized source of financing is federally-subsidized bonds, particularly Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) or Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs). While understanding and Read More »

Standby and Fixed Cost Charges: What’s the Solar Soft Cost Impact of Attempts to Limit Net Energy Metering for Solar PV?

By Jim Kennerly, N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center and Kathryn Wright, Meister Consultants Group The U.S. solar market has experienced rapid growth in recent years, and is expected to expand by 25% in 2014. However, as the rooftop solar PV market has expanded, adoption of these distributed energy technologies has begun to challenge the traditional Read More »

Innovative Solar PV Financing Methods: Invest In Solar PV through Energy Services Performance Contracting

By Jim Kennerly and Autumn Proudlove, North Carolina Solar Center Knoxville Convention Center Solar PV Array (Photo Credit: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 790) Local governments across the country are often both some of the largest employers and largest users of electricity in their areas. When utility costs go up, as they have in Read More »

Customer Guides to Going Solar for Duke Energy Customers in North Carolina

By Jim Kennerly and Autumn Proudlove A major goal of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership and the North Carolina Solar Center is to reduce the non-hardware “soft” costs of solar PV by educating homeowners and businesses customers about the significant monthly savings that solar PV can provide them. Over the past several years, North Carolina Read More »

More Solar Coming to Georgia: Are you Ready?

On July 11th, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to approve Georgia Power’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a roadmap the company is required to provide every three years to demonstrate how it plans to meet the state’s electric demand. One stipulation of this approval is that Georgia Power add 525 megawatts (MW) of Read More »

California Jurisdictions Underscore the Need for Permitting Best Practices

Passed by the California legislature and approved by the governor last fall, SB 1222 places a cap of $500 on permitting fees local governments can charge on residential rooftop solar energy systems. The law, which also sets a $1000 cap on commercial installations, aims to make the installation of solar energy systems timely and cost-effective. Read More »

Encouraging Solar Development in HOA Communities

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, The Solar Foundation has been active in conducting solar outreach and providing technical assistance to local governments and communities interested in overcoming barriers to increased solar deployment. Today, we are pleased to announce the release of a new resource that represents an expansion Read More »

Solar For All in Lancaster, CA

Industry groups, state and local governments, and nonprofits around the country are working hard to try to figure out new ways to get more solar on more roofs. But what if we take that goal to the next level – and try to get solar on every roof?  The City Council of Lancaster, California, took Read More »

Solar Power Purchase Agreements Coming to Virginia

On March 14, 2013, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell approved legislation directing the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to conduct a pilot program allowing for certain types of power purchase agreements (PPAs). Under these agreements, a solar developer retains ownership of a solar device, as well as responsibility for financing, installing, maintaining, and ultimately removing the system. Read More »

Solar in the State of the Union: A Closer Look

February 20, 2013 by
In his State of the Union address last Tuesday night, President Obama reiterated the importance of maintaining a strong national commitment to developing our country’s clean energy resources. For a few brief moments, solar and wind energy received presidential praise under the national spotlight provided by such a high profile speech. With only 60 minutes to chart Read More »