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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 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 »

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.

Connecting to the Grid Guide 6th Edition

November 13, 2014 by
Net metering & interconnection policies are essential pieces of a supportive state-level regulatory policy framework addressing two important aspects of renewable energy development: whether a customer investing in renewable generation can unlock the full value of his or her investment; and how that customer will interconnect his or her generation system to the distribution grid. Read More »

12,000 MW of Renewable Distributed Generation by 2020: Benefits, Costs & Policy Implications

November 12, 2014 by
Prepared by Joseph Wiedman and Erica Schroeder of Keyes, Fox & Wiedman, LLP, with an economic analysis provided by Thomas Beach of Crossborder Energy, TheReport provides background on DG and why the size, location and technology of DG resources matter in determining the benefits DG is able to provide. The Report also provides an analysis of the Read More »

Model Interconnection Procedures

November 12, 2014 by
As costs of renewable energy come down and more systems connect to the grid, interconnection procedures developed over the last decade are under strain, according to Kevin Fox, lead author of the model revision. First developed in 2005 and updated in 2009, the 2013 edition of IREC’s Model Interconnection Procedures synthesizes a number of best Read More »

The Role of Municipal Utilities in Driving Solar Development

November 11, 2014 by
Municipal utilities have been at the forefront of solar development in many ways, ranging from early incentive programs to recent community shared solar programs. This brief by the Solar Foundation explores the nature of municipal utilities and how their governance grants them the flexibility to pursue solar independently, examines the advantages and disadvantages of municipal Read More »

Getting to A Win-Win: Distributed Solar & Utility Cost Recovery

November 4, 2014 by
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, and the Meister Consultants Group as members of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership present a free hour-long webinar on regulatory and rate design pathways to deeper solar cost reduction relevant to recent discussions on around the county solar fees and net metering.