Energy, Sustainability, and Resiliency
This section includes information and resources on GHG reduction, energy portfolios, and climate change.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 http://solaramericacommunities.energy.gov/solaramericacities/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To listen to this podcast, click here.