Resources

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.

Community Shared Solar: Expansions Underway in Solar America Communities

Community shared solar is expanding rapidly as a model ownership structure for solar PV. By offering customers an option to purchase or lease part of a larger solar array instead of having to purchase the entire system, the model greatly expands participatory opportunities to a large new market segment of citizens and customers, with very low or no cost to local government. This report provides an overview of the status of community shared solar projects in Solar America Communities as of September, 2014, as well as some of the differences and similarities between the creation and structure of these programs.

Innovative Financing for Utility Solar Case Studies: Farmers Electric Cooperative

A spotlight on the innovative financing models small utilities across the country are adopting to launch solar projects for their customers. Released today, the first case study highlights the effort by Farmers Electric Cooperative, including lessons learned, the use of local partnerships and small-scale solutions to overcome financial obstacles to solar.

Pima Association of Governments: Regional Solar Plan Case Study

The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) created a Regional Solar Plan, comprised of twelve primary stages designed to establish a viable market for solar energy; help their region compete effectively with other western states; stimulate investment and workforce growth in the region; and secure the participation of key stakeholders.  This case study created by the National Association Read More »

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: Alternative Energy Ordinance Working Group

As technologies for alternative energy production advance, municipalities in the Delaware Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) region have continually been faced with questions about how to regulate them at the municipal level. In 2009, at the request of the City of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, DVRPC established the Alternative Energy Ordinance Working Group (AEOWG) to bring together leadership from counties Read More »

Denver Regional Council of Governments: Solar Map Project

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 »

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