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Historic Buildings

This section includes information and resources on implementing solar energy at historic sites.

Installing Solar Panels on Historic Buildings

This guide offers a pathway to better integration of solar energy systems onto historic resources. The sections within this document provide an explanation of solar energy technology, descriptions of the current regulatory context governing the use of solar panels on historic properties at the state and local level, and propose regulatory solutions that take into Read More »

Solar Case Study: Knoxville, TN

The growth of solar in Knoxville, including the creation of a sustainable solar infrastructure, resulted from renewable energy programs established by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and three overlapping programs.  TVA provides electricity for 9 million people in seven south-eastern states, as well as, assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.  One Read More »

Solar Case Study: Franklin, TN

The city of Franklin, Tennessee, gained status as a solar community with a vision to be a sustainable community through a mix of political will and creative thinking.  This case study discusses the installation of a low-impact wastewater treatment facility, the integration of solar into historic structures and the future of solar in Franklin. Solar Read More »

Solar Case Study: Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California has made solar a priority. The city has several municipal installations, a robust set of solar design guidelines, and a Solar Design Reconition Program, which recognizes excellence in design of both active and passive solar systems. The city also supported the local Solarize Santa Barbara campaign.

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Installing Solar Panels on Historic Buildings

This guide offers a pathway to better integration of solar energy systems onto historic resources. The sections within this document provide an explanation of solar energy technology, descriptions of the current regulatory context governing the use of solar panels on historic properties at the state and local level, and propose regulatory solutions that take into consideration the value of both historic and energy resources.