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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 Powering Your Community: Jackson, MS

August 20, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Jackson region on August 5, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more >>

Solar Powering Your Community: Raleigh, NC

August 20, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Raleigh region on August 19, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more>>

Solar Powering Your Community: Henderson, NC

August 20, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Henderson region on August 20, 2015.

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 »

Bring Solar to Your Community: Themes, Summaries and Insights from 27 Case Studies

June 4, 2015 by
This document was developed by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership to distill themes and insights of roof-top solar PV deployment gained from 27 case studies of local government efforts regarding policies, planning, investments, financing mechanisms, partnerships, and education.  The local governments featured include Ann Arbor, MI Asheville, NC Barnstable, MA Beaverton, OR Berea, KY Bristol, Read More »

Solar Case Study: Richmond, CA

June 4, 2015 by
This case study focuses on how Richmond was able to adopt solar technologies in low-income residential communities. Solar Case Study: Richmond, CA Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Nashville, TN

June 4, 2015 by
This case study details how Nashville incorporated solar into their new convention center using innovative ideas to save the city energy and expense. Solar Case Study: Nashville, TN Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Cincinnati, OH

June 4, 2015 by
This case study focuses on the tools used to grow and finance Cincinnati’s solar portfolio. Solar Case Study: Cincinnati, OH Click for full resource.