Resources

Bainbridge Island City Hall Community Solar Project

Community Energy Solutions’ Joe Deets discusses the Bainbridge Island City Hall Community Solar project, in this National Association of Regional Councils podcast. Deets played a vital role in spearheading legislation that allows people in Washington State to invest in Community Solar projects. As a result, Community Energy Solutions partnered with the City of Bainbridge Island to create an investor-funded Community Solar project at its City Hall. Deets discusses this solar initiative from its inception in 2005 to its completion in 2012.

Houston Solar America Cities Podcast

Jennifer Ronk, a Research Scientist with the Houston Advanced Research Center, discusses Houston’s work as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned, as well as where she sees solar as part of Houston’s future. To learn more about Houston’s work as a Solar America City, visit http://solaramericacommunities.energy.gov/solaramericacities/.

Regional Solar Podcast: How Solar Creates Jobs

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.

Regional Solar Podcast: Energizing Rural America

NARC spoke with Stacy Richards, Director of the Resource Center at SEDA-COG on how renewable energy is a valuable economic development tool for rural America. Renewable energy investment can benefit rural communities by reducing electricity costs, bolstering local supply chain networks and enhancing local emergency response. Learn about the many more ways renewable energy can bolster rural America’s landscape through this podcast.

Regional Solar Podcast: Regional Solar Development

Join Elizabeth Compitello, Research Analyst at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to learn how DVRPC is working to make the Philadelphia region a leader in solar development. For more information about DVRPC, visit www.DVRPC.org

Regional Solar Podcast: Regional Emergency Uses for Solar Technology

Jason Halpern and Patrick Murphy, founders of Gridless Power, discuss emergency uses of solar technology with NARC. Gridless Power is deploying solar technology in non-traditional formats when conventional power sources may be scarce or unavailable.

Regional Solar Podcast: Minnesota’s Solar Power Mandate

NARC spoke with Brian Ross, Owner of CR Planning, to discuss the recent initiative in Minnesota to mandate the use of solar power in the state’s energy portfolio.

Regional Solar Podcast: Developing a Solar Framework in Boston, MA

NARC spoke with Helen Aki with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, MA about how MAPC is working to make the Boston region a leader in solar development.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar in Climate Action Plans

NARC spoke with Jeff King and Julia Allman, Environmental Planners at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) about solar PV in MWCOG’s Climate Action Plan.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar Mapping

Matt Krusemark, Information Services Manager at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) joined NARC to discuss DRCOG’s solar map project. Learn more about the technologies and techniques DRCOG used to create this user-friendly method to find out a building’s solar pv potential in the Denver, Colorado region. To visit the solar map, visit www.drcog.org.

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