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This section includes information and resources on local lending, renewable energy credits, incentives, and rebates.

Solar Powering Your Community Workshop: Fremont, Nebraska

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in Fremont, Nebraska on May 27, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for Read More »

Solar on Multi-Unit Buildings: Policy and Financing Options to Address Split Incentives

Multi-unit buildings, including apartment complexes and office buildings, are ubiquitous in the U.S. and offer a relatively untapped opportunity for rooftop solar. The costs and benefits of going solar, however, are not always aligned, as building occupants pay the electric bills while the building owner typically pays the costs of energy improvements. This factsheet highlights policy and financing options to address this “split-incentive” problem.

Mt. Pleasant Solar Co-op Fact Sheet

The solar co-op model focuses on educating the community on solar and draws on the skills and resources of its members to advance the porgram’s goals.  Mt. Pleasant was able to develop a successful solar co-op that now has over 200 members from over 70 households. Mt Pleasant Solar Co-op Fact Sheet Click for full Read More »

Ask the Expert: Solar Payback Periods – Commercial

Ask the Expert series presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership Ask the Expert: Solar Payback Periods – Commercial Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Fort Collins, CO

In its effort to meet sustainability goals, Fort Collins has made significant strides to increase the role of solar PV in its energy mix.  The single biggest challenge to solar development in Fort Collins was financial-but financing and incentive programs, along with a streamlined permitting process, have helped to bring down the cost of solar Read More »

Solar Case Study: El Paso, TX

By engaging multiple stakeholders, educating the public, developing strategic partnerships, and securing the commitment of decision makers, the City of El Paso has built a strong foundation for continued growth in solar PV.  El Paso’s experience provides a number of lessons that can inform municipal solar PV strategies across the country. Solar Case Study: El Read More »

Proven Strategies to Successfully Implement a Solar Energy Program that Benefits Your Community

Discover how San Jose, California, obtained a power purchase agreement to have a 1.3 megawatt solar energy system installed on a municipal facility, with an estimated savings of more than a half million dollars over the next 20 years.  Get lessons learned from Gainesville, Florida, which implemented the first European-style Solar Feed-In Tariff in the Read More »

Milwaukee Shines Podcast

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.  To learn more about Milwaukee Shines visit Read More »

Innovative Solar PV Financing Methods: Invest In Solar PV through Energy Services Performance Contracting

Performance contracts are a common type of public-private partnership between an energy services company and a local government that result in significant guaranteed energy and cost savings. This week, the North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership released Integrating Solar PV into Energy Services Performance Contracts: Options for Local Governments Nationwide (HERE), a resource for local governments interested in both reducing their energy costs and providing a boost to local economic development.

Local Lending For Solar PV: A Guide For Local Governments Seeking To Engage Financial Institutions

Local governments are in a unique position to engage local lending institutions on the opportunities presented by a growing solar market. Governments can offer education and resources on solar PV technology and best practices for building financial models. Additionally, governments can facilitate programs that connect these institutions to customers in the community through programs such as Solarize. This guide aims to assist local governments in engaging lending institutions on financing residential and small commercial solar PV projects to increase the adoption of solar power in their communities.