Resources

Energy, Sustainability, and Resiliency

This section includes information and resources on GHG reduction, energy portfolios, and climate change.

This portable solar generator with battery storage is safe for freeway travel and can be set up by one person in 10 minutes. Credit: Bill McEntire (NREL 09471)

Resource Hub: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

Broadly, resilience refers to the ability of a community – its systems, institutions, and residents – to adapt to changing conditions or to recover from an emergency event or disaster. As awareness of the risks posed by a changing climate grows, an increasing number of communities have identified resilience as a key component of sustainability. Read More »

SOLAR+STORAGE APPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Pairing solar and storage can provide unique savings opportunities and enhanced resiliency for public facilities. Aligned with National Preparedness Month, this fact sheet provides an introduction to solar+storage technologies, highlights deployed projects and existing funding programs to support public facilities, and references recently developed resources to assist local governments in further exploring solar+storage projects. These resources include the Resiliency Toolkit developed by the Solar Outreach Partnership.

Solar for Safety, Security, and Resilience Toolkit

There is a growing interest in using renewable energy options like solar to improve community resiliency. During extreme weather events, solar can help prevent power outages by providing emergency energy to critical facilities and recovery efforts. Solar can provide electricity to remote or less accessible areas, and is flexible enough to be a mobile or Read More »

Solar for the Environment Toolkit

The benefits our natural environment reaps from the adoption of solar energy on the local level are plentiful. Implementing solar energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help protect communities from the potential adverse effects of climate change. Many regions have taken steps to become stewards of their surrounding environment by incorporating environmental sustainability into Read More »

Solar Case Study: Milwaukee, WI

This case study focuses on sustainability planning and Milwaukee Shines, a partnership between public institutions, private businesses, and nonprofit agencies that supports solar implementation in Milwaukee. Solar Case Study: Milwaukee, WI Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Lancaster, CA

By harnessing the immense solar resources available to this High Desert community, Lancaster is making great strides to becoming the world’s solar capital.  Its culture to “go solar” is highly pervasive, as reflected by its ambitious goals to be one of the world’s net-zero cities for electrical use by 2020. To support that effort, the Read More »

Solar Case Study: Chapel Hill, NC

Building on its great tradition of leadership, Chapel Hill is using solar photovoltaic (PV) to improve its environmental and economic performance on public facilities.  Drawing upon the experiences of national and international networks, it has used their internal operations as examples for local business and residents to follow. Solar Case Study: Chapel Hill, NC Click Read More »

This portable solar generator with battery storage is safe for freeway travel and can be set up by one person in 10 minutes. Credit: Bill McEntire (NREL 09471)

Resource Hub: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

Broadly, resilience refers to the ability of a community – its systems, institutions, and residents – to adapt to changing conditions or to recover from an emergency event or disaster. As awareness of the risks posed by a changing climate grows, an increasing number of communities have identified resilience as a key component of sustainability. Read More »

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. Solar, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency in Columbia, MO Click for full resource.

Rooftop Solar PV and Firefighter Safety

This SolarOPs fact sheet gives a brief overview of typical solar PV installations, addresses the major hazards and risks to firefighters, discusses fire safety in Germany (the country with the most installed solar PV per capita), and suggests recommendations and resources to ensure that first responders are prepared to fight fires on homes and buildings with rooftop solar PV.

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