Resources

Energy, Sustainability, and Resiliency

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

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 »

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 »

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.

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation: Improving Air Quality and Saving Fuel with Solar Powered Idle Reduction Technology

This webinar focuses on how solar energy technology can be used to assist communities in meeting idle reduction standards.

To view the webinar, click here.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar in Climate Action Plans

NARC spoke with Jeff King and Julia Allman, Environmental Planners at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) about solar PV in MWCOG’s Climate Action Plan.

Solar Case Study: Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah is leading by example when it comes to solar. The city of 7,558, located southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains is installing solar on municipal facilities, and working collaboratively with other jurisdictions in Northern Utah through the Wasatch Solar Challenge, one of the Department of Energy’s 22 Rooftop Solar Challenge teams. Since 2009, Park City has installed four solar projects on municipal facilities and the city is planning to complete two additional projects in 2012.

To view this case study, click here.

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.

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