Resources

Regional Solar Podcast: Renewable Energy Certificates

A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) is a tradable certificate representing the generation of one megawatt hour of electricity from a renewable energy source. Rich Deming, Senior partner at Calor Energy and Walter Putnam, partner at Shift Equity, joined the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to discuss how local governments can utilize RECs as easily as Read More »

Regional Solar Podcast: Regional Role in Pennsylvania’s Rooftop Solar Challenge

NARC spoke with Laura Mundell, with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, to discuss solar in the greater Pittsburgh Region and SPC’s engagement in the Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge.

National Solar Jobs Census Podcast

Andrea Luecke, the Executive Director of the Solar Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to demonstrate the benefits of solar energy through research and education, discusses the National Solar Jobs Census and growth in the solar jobs sector. The full National Solar Jobs Census report is available here.

Listen to the podcast here.

Solar America Cities Podcast: Milwaukee Shines

Amy Heart, the Solar Program Manager with Milwaukee Shines, the city of Milwaukee’s solar program, discusses the program, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned that have come from Milwaukee’s experiences with solar since being designated as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities in 2008.

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Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Houston

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.

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Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Tucson

Bruce Plenk, the City of Tucson’s Solar Energy Coordinator, discusses Tucson’s work as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities. Tucson was named as a Solar America City in 2007and the city has worked to increase installations on municipal buildings, revise zoning ordinances, and make solar more accessible to residents through a solar ready homes ordinance. This podcast explores the city’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

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Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in San Antonio

Liza Meyer, a Special Projects Manager with the City of San Antonio, discusses San Antonio’s work as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities. San Antonio was named as a Solar America City in 2008 and the city worked with local non-profits to increase financing options for homeowners, as well as with CPS Energy, its municipal utility, on large scale solar installations. In 2011, San Antonio and its project partners were named as one of 22 teams awarded under DOE’s Rooftop Solar Challenge, a program for local and regional teams to drive significant improvements in market conditions for rooftop solar photovoltaics. This podcast explores the city’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned. To listen to this podcast, click here.

Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Pittsburgh

Jason Kambitsis, a Senior Planner with the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of City Planning, discusses the Pittsburgh Solar Initiative. Pittsburgh was named as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America City in 2007 and as a member of a Rooftop Solar Challenge team in 2011. The city has worked to identify suitable sites for solar, increase solar on city facilities, and train city employees to install solar systems. This podcast explores the city’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

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Solar Podcast: Solar, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency in Columbia, MO

Barbara Buffaloe, the city of Columbia, Missouri’s Sustainability Manager and Connie Kacprowicz, a Utilities Services Specialist for Columbia Water and Light discuss the city’s solar initiatives and how they tie in with other energy efficiency and sustainability programs underway in the community.

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Solar Podcast: Utilities, Local Governments, and Solar

In this podcast, Becky Campbell, a Research Manager with the Solar Electric Power Association discusses utilities and solar. This podcast covers what utilities see as some of the benefits and concerns when it comes to solar, and how local governments can effectively work with utilities to go solar.

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