These resources help communities identify specific types of projects, programs, and processes they can use to implement solar-related goals, objectives, and policies. Highlights include: Solar on Schools, Community Solar, Rural and Small Communities, Home Owners Associations, Low-Income Communities, Historic Properties, Municipal Facilities.
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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 »
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 »
The integration of solar technology can help meet a number of goals related to transportation and energy, yet the use of solar in transportation is still in the nascent stages for many communities. As a result, there is tremendous opportunity for future growth in this area. Solar energy can help your region meet air quality Read More »
Strategies, cases, and resources to help small local governments support a strong solar market. Created by The Solar Foundation for the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. Solar in Small Communities Click for full resource.
The Solar in Small Communities: River Falls, WI case study explores the City of River Falls’ efforts to stimulate a local solar market, with a focus on the River Falls Municipal Utility (RFMU) Solar Feed-in Tariff program. Together, RFMU, the local government, and the citizens of River Falls have developed a suite of energy programs for the community Read More »
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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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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This workshop addresses the barriers communities face when going solar that can be overcome. The three main topics are overcoming the financial and regulatory policies, getting stakeholders engaged, and installing solar on local government facilities.
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Cooperation between local governments and electrical utilities is essential to accelerating broad deployment of renewable energy. This webinar focused on learning how to work with your utility to create improved conditions for bringing renewable energy online. We focused on topics related to working with electric cooperatives on solar. To access a recording of the webinar, click here.
This webinar will share the results of research conducted by UL to examine the fire service concerns of photovoltaic (PV) systems and the potential impact of firefighting operations. These concerns included firefighter vulnerability to electrical and casualty hazards when mitigating a fire involving PV systems.
The need for this project is significant due to the increasing use of PV systems, growing at a rate of 30% annually. As a result of greater utilization, traditional firefighter tactics for suppression, ventilation and overhaul have been complicated, leaving firefighters vulnerable to potentially severe hazards. Though the electrical and fire hazards associated with PV systems have been known for some time, a very limited body of knowledge and insufficient data exists to understand the risks to the extent that the fire service has been unable to develop safety solutions and respond in a safe manner.
During the webinar, presenter Bob Backstrom from UL’s Corporate Research Department and Dennis Grubb, Assistant Fire Marshal from the Orange County Fire Authority will share data and specific examples that will assist local governments and the fire service community to develop best practices to reduce firefighter death and injury. To access a recording of the webinar, click here.
Local government representatives will learn how public-private partnerships can be used to implement community shared solar programs. Get an understanding of the different ways that community shared solar programs can be structured, how public and private resources can be combined for community shared solar, the status of community shared solar across the US, and lessons learned from existing community shared solar programs. To access a PDF copy of this webinar, click here.
This webinar focused on a discussion with municipal utility representatives about the opportunities and limitations of increasing distributed solar electricity, and how municipal utilities have worked successfully with local governments to implement best practices and policies around solar development and interconnection.
This webinar educated local government professionals who are interested in learning about how to better collaborate with municipal utilities to develop solar projects in their community. Participants of this webinar will come away with a better understanding of the following issues: how municipal utilities view solar, how to best work with your muni and other utilities, and how to leverage electric utility expertise. To access a recording of the webinar, click here.