Energy, Sustainability, and Resiliency

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

Solar Case Study: Prince George’s County, MD

Prince George’s County has long been focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building; as a result, its energy programs are based on a strong legislative and policy framework.  The county’s energy efficiency and conservation strategy aims to both meet the strategic planning requirements of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and to 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 »

Houston Solar America Cities Podcast

Jennifer Ronk, a Research Scientist with the Houston Advanced Research Center, discusses Houston’s work as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned, as well as where she sees solar as part of Houston’s future. To learn more about Houston’s work as a Solar America City, visit

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.

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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.

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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.

Solar Podcast: 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.

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