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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 »

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.

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 »

Resources for Solar Powering Your Community

September 22, 2014 by
The SolarOPs team created a list of resources to assist local governments and regional councils bolster solar development. The resources include comprehensive guides as well as specific information on solar-ready building design, campaign organizing, zoning codes, expedited permitting, net metering, and interconnection. Click HERE to access the resource list.

Alternative Energy Ordinance Framework Workshop

September 19, 2014 by
As solar energy development increases, regions are realizing the need for consistent guidance around constructing renewable energy ordinances. Regions are developing model ordinances and frameworks to provide guidance and sample language for solar PV installations that promote safe and sound community development. In a time of tight budgets, model ordinances are an efficient and cost Read More »

Model Ordinances for Solar

September 19, 2014 by
With increases in solar energy development throughout the country, there is an increased need for common sense land use regulations for solar energy systems. By developing model ordinances for solar, regions can provide a needed service to their communities, while also creating an opportunity that supports solar deployment- all at minimal cost.  This presentation created 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 »

SolarShares: Expanding Access to Solar Power

Community shared solar programs offer a key soft cost reduction opportunity, particularly for publicly owned utilities. The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, presents a case study showing how the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has been able to market its SolarShares program to its customers and meet some of its overall customer demand for solar with off-site utility-scale projects that can take advantage of strategic siting and maximize benefits to the utility grid.