Resources

Aggregated Purchasing

This section includes resources on collaborative procurement, bulk purchasing, and crowdfunding for solar energy.

Regional Collaborative Procurement for Solar PV

Learn how through collaborative procurement, communities can reduce the up-front costs of solar installations by working together as a group to evaluate project sites, procure solar systems and negotiate contracts, thus yielding much lower transaction costs for each individual partner.  

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.

Solar Case Study: Summit County, UT

Summit Community Solar (SCS) was a community-driven and local government-supported initiative designed to increase the adoption of residential photovoltaic (PV) solar in Summit County and Park City, Utah between January and November 2013.  SCS combined the financial incentives of bulk purchasing with a streamlined permitting process, contractor preselection, and a robust community outreach effort. Solar Read More »

Collaborative Procurement Toolkit

When local governments and communities work together to implement solar energy programs, many barriers to solar can be reduced. Collaborative solar procurement allows for lower installation and transition costs, faster initiation, and can aggregate demand for solar energy in the region.  This toolkit developed by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions Read More »

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Metro DC Clean Energy Collaborative Procurement Initiative

This case study highlights the Metropolitan DC Clean Energy Collaborative Procurement Initiative which is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), and Optony Inc. The Initiative provides a collaborative platform for deploying clean energy technologies across multiple government and educational organizations for maximum impact Read More »

Solar Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is an innovative financing model which has rapidly become a popular method used by startup organizations to raise capital. Funding platforms like Kickstarter and Kiva help raise money for everything from documentary films to energy bars. Thus far crowdfunding has only really allowed individuals to make donations or zero-interest loans in return for free products if the startup reached its funding target. With the passage of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, however, there is now the potential for equity- and debt-based crowdfunding.

Fact Sheet: Solar Bulk Purchasing for Local Governments

As with most consumer goods, the bulk purchasing of solar energy equipment and installation services provides an opportunity for homeowners, businesses, and local governments to drive down the cost of their investment. In recent years, local governments across the U.S. have increasingly made use of two bulk purchasing models with great success.

Fact Sheet: Community Choice Aggregation

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs are bulk electricity purchasing arrangements through which municipalities are empowered to negotiate electric supply rates with power providers on behalf of the residents and business owners within their jurisdiction.  

Community Choice Aggregation: A Tool for Municipalities Webinar

This webinar will focus on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs. Through CCA programs, municipalities are empowered to negotiate electric supply rates with power providers on behalf of the residents and business owners within their jurisdiction, often resulting in significantly lower electricity rates. In addition to the financial benefits of CCA, many communities have used aggregation as a mechanism to promote cleaner sources of electric generation.

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Regional Collaborative Procurement for Solar PV Webinar

Learn how through collaborative procurement, communities can reduce the up-front costs of solar installations by working together as a group to evaluate project sites, procure solar systems and negotiate contracts, thus yielding much lower transaction costs for each individual partner.

To view this webinar, click here.