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Renewable Cities

October 19, 2015 by
This brief highlights two very different financing mechanisms used by local governments in Georgetown, Texas and Rockford, Minnesota to increase their renewable energy. Georgetown is expected to get 100% of its electricity--at all times of the day and seasons of the year--from solar and wind energy. Rockford worked with its local electricity cooperative to site solar energy on otherwise unusable municipal property. The solar projects spearheaded by both local governments resulted in reduced electricity costs, saving taxpayer dollars.

Solar for Safety, Security, and Resilience Toolkit

June 17, 2015 by
There is a growing interest in using renewable energy options like solar to improve community resiliency. During extreme weather events, solar can help prevent power outages by providing emergency energy to critical facilities and recovery efforts. Solar can provide electricity to remote or less accessible areas, and is flexible enough to be a mobile or Read More »

Solar for Economic Development Toolkit

June 17, 2015 by
Most people are familiar with solar energy’s environmental benefits, but solar energy adoption also presents numerous economic and community development opportunities. Solar expands local markets, reduces electricity costs, improves business competitiveness, and increases property values. It leads to short term jobs in construction, installation, and site development as well as long term positions in facility Read More »

Going Solar in America: Demonstrating Rooftop Solar PV’s “Dollars & Cents” Value in America’s 50 Largest Cities

February 19, 2015 by
The hour-long session features NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s recently released Going Solar in America reports. Lead author Jim Kennerly from the center will discusses key findings of their reports, including results showing that financed solar is already at grid parity in 42 out of the largest 50 U.S. cities and that in 46 of the 50 cities, an investment in solar can perform better than the S & P 500. Jim also discusses what factors led some cities to rank higher than others and why financing is an important piece of the puzzle.

Everything About Solar: A Strategic Training Session for Local Governments – Torrance, CA

October 15, 2014 by
South Bay Cities Council of Governments hosted a day-long solar energy workshop for local governments and their key stakeholders in Torrance, CA on October 6th, 2014. This interactive workshop – covering topics including solar financing, updating local solar regulations, and local government solar procurement – is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership’s technical Read More »

Guide to Implementing Solar PV for Local Governments

September 29, 2014 by
Implementing municipal solar PV and other renewable energy is an effective way to achieve a municipality’s overall Energy Management goals and provide significant benefits for a community. This guide provides municipalities with a general overview to make them aware of potential considerations and possible options available, as they seek to implement solar PV.

Regional Solar Planning Workshop

September 19, 2014 by
From high cost to landscape preservation, there are a number of commonly believed barriers to solar adoption. Join the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and our panel of local and national experts as we explore these barriers and discuss solutions to encourage solar expansion within local government operations. Click HERE to access the workshop Read More »

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Metro DC Clean Energy Collaborative Procurement Initiative

August 6, 2014 by
This case study highlights the Metropolitan DC Clean Energy Collaborative Procurement Initiative which is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), and Optony Inc. The Initiative provides a collaborative platform for deploying clean energy technologies across multiple government and educational organizations for maximum impact Read More »

Western Riverside Council of Governments: Regional PACE Program

August 6, 2014 by
The Western Riverside Council of Governments’ (WRCOG) developed a regional-scale PACE program, which allows local governments in the Western Riverside region of California to finance and install solar.  The program has made energy efficiency improvements more affordable in the area. Western Riverside Council of Governments: Regional PACE Program Click for full resource.

Solar Panels in Right-of-Way

May 30, 2014 by
Learn how the Town of Carver, Massachusetts used a public-private partnership to install solar panels in their right-of-way.