Renewable Cities

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.

BARC Electric Co-Op: Community Solar Leader in Virginia

BARC, Electric Cooperative, is a customer-owned utility that will soon deploy the first community solar project in the commonwealth.

While serving approximately 30,000 members residents in 5 Virginia counties, the small co-op wants to help customers gain access to solar through community solar program.
BARC received the SolarOPs technical assistance, through SEPA, in the form of advisory services for program costs and procurement.
With SEPA’s assistance, the cooperative successfully received a $500,000 grant, with 50% matching by BARC, for the estimated 300-350 kW community solar program.

Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation’s McKees Solar Park Community Solar Program

The Delaware Municipal Electric Corp. (DEMEC)―a joint action agency serving nine member municipalities―has influenced more than half of Delaware’s 58 MW solar capacity to be located within its member service territories. The newest in the City of Newark, the 23MW McKees Solar Park, is a community solar project deployed by DEMEC with the help of Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) technical assistance.

Springer Electric Cooperative: Utility-Owned Solar Without Tax Credits

Springer Electric Cooperative is a New Mexico utility that owns a competitively priced―comparable to third-party power purchase agreements―1MW PV system.

Grand Valley Power’s Low-Income Community Solar Program

In this Case Study, Grand Valley Power (GVP) shows how they have extended their unique community solar program to historically underserved low-income communities in the Grand Junction, CO area. Through a winning combination of community solar experience and partnerships with nonprofits like Grid Alternatives Colorado (GRID), GVP’s low-income community solar program seeks to create a sustainable framework that brings solar to new customers throughout their service area.

Solar Case Study: Ventura, CA

This case study focuses on the solar installation at Todd Road Jail in Ventura, California. Solar Case Study: Ventura, CA Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Solarize Asheville

This case study provides detailed information on the Solarize program in Asheville, North Carolina. Solar Case Study: Solarize Asheville Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II

This case study details Solar Ready II, a partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Energy to eliminate market barriers and lower soft costs for solar for local governments at a regional and national scale. Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Richmond, CA

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

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.

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