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Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar PV

November 12, 2015 by
Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar PV: An Emerging Business Model for Municipal Utilities provides an overview of the issues and opportunities a municipal utility is likely to encounter in the development of a utility-owned rooftop solar program. Prepared by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and Meister Consultants Group, the report describes business models and important considerations for designing a program, drawing on case studies from three existing utility programs.

Solar Fundamentals Volume 2: Markets

This "Markets 101" report offers a high level overview of current solar installations, prices, and policies/regulations in the U.S. solar market. In response to requests for pricing information, this report includes pricing among publicly-available PPA price data, comparative energy costs, and installed cost per Watt. Beyond reporting basic facts and figures, this new report showcases SEPA's market analysis of factors driving current solar growth.

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.

Going Solar in America: Ranking Solar’s Value to Consumers in America’s Largest Cities

January 7, 2015 by
Most Americans are unaware of the true financial value of solar today. Seen by many as a technological luxury, solar energy is not seriously considered as an option by most homeowners in the U.S. In this report, the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center analyzed the financial value of solar to residential customers in America’s 50 Read More »

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 »

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 »

Denver Regional Council of Governments: Solar Map Project

September 9, 2014 by
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) developed a solar map that provides information on a given rooftop’s solar capacity and simultaneously connects residents and businesses with installers who can help them capitalize on that capacity. Data collected and calculated through this effort provided residents and business owners with an accurate assessment of their building’s potential for solar photovoltaic Read More »

Solar Mapping Toolkit

August 7, 2014 by
Solar Mapping can be used as an effective tool to raise awareness and interest in solar energy in your region. Maps can estimate the generating capacity and cost of a solar installation by neighborhood, block, or even building.  This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions on setting up Read More »

Job and Economic Impacts of Solar

April 22, 2014 by
ICLEI Local Governments For Sustainability USA and The Solar Foundation – as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership – present a free webinar discussing job and economic impacts of solar energy.

Regional Solar Podcast: How Solar Creates Jobs

February 25, 2014 by
NARC spoke with the Solar Foundation abut their award-winning National Solar Jobs Census report. The Census counts the number of solar workers across the U.S. solar value chain. In 2013, the U.S. solar industry employed over 142,000 solar workers, a 20% increase in employment from 2012.