Closing the Solar Income Gap: Greater Access, Proven Policies, and Community Engagement
Continued and precipitous cost reduction combined with improved financing options and regulatory processes, the solar boom continues with a record 40GW of solar power added to the world’s grids in 2014 bringing the global cumulative capacity to over 178GW. ... MORE
Solar Power Purchase Agreements: a Toolkit for Local Governments
In an effort to reduce solar soft costs and assist local governments and other public entities seeking to install and finance rooftop solar systems, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has developed a comprehensive toolkit on retail solar power pu ... MORE
SolarOP’s Resources & Technical Assistance
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center present an hour-long webinar introducing SunShot Solar Outreach Partnerships’ free solar resource and complimentary technical assistance (TA). The session also featur ... MORE
Solarize campaigns take advantage of the improved economics achieved through bulk purchasing of solar equipment and installation services across multiple solar energy systems in a local community. This webinar featured insights on the state of the solar industry nationally and within New Jersey, and how local stakeholders can take steps to reduce the cost of Read More »
Going Solar in America: Demonstrating Rooftop Solar PV’s “Dollars & Cents” Value in America’s 50 Largest Cities
The hour-long session features NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s recently released Going Solar in America reports. Lead author Jim Kennerly from the center will discusses key findings of their reports, including results showing that financed solar is already at grid parity in 42 out of the largest 50 U.S. cities and that in 46 of the 50 cities, an investment in solar can perform better than the S & P 500. Jim also discusses what factors led some cities to rank higher than others and why financing is an important piece of the puzzle.
The Department of Energy’s Solar America Communities Outreach Partnership is focused on reducing barriers to solar adoption and increasing installed capacity by decreasing project execution time, revising zoning and building codes to allow for solar installations, and increasing access to financing options. This session examines the role that local governments can play in addressing challenges Read More »
Communities have a range of goals and priorities. Sometimes, these goals can be in conflict with one another. Decisions in support of one goal may be to the detriment of another goal. Planners can help communities balance these competing interests and understand any tradeoffs. This webinar will present the potential competing interests between solar and Read More »
Community shared solar gives renters, schools and public buildings access to solar that would otherwise be unable to install solar on their property. It is simple for customers to participate and solves financing issues for solar developers. Bringing Down the Cost of Solar Through Community Shared Solar Click for full resource.
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.
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. presents a free webinar featuring the city of Beaverton, Oregon’s Solar on Reservoirs project, and Tompkins County, NY’s solarize program.
The objective of this webinar is to advance the deployment of solar energy by providing local government representatives an opportunity to gain insights into how best to work with their local investor-owned utilities (IOU). Participants of this free webinar will come way with a better understanding of how IOUs view solar, how to best work Read More »
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) present a series of three webinars on Solar Permitting & Inspection. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the series will review the components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and share best practices and tools for improving them.
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability presents a free webinar on Urban Forest and Solar Energy entitled Maximum Solar at the Heart of Urban Forests as part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership program.