Municipal Facilities

This section includes information and resources on using solar energy at wastewater treatment plants, convention centers, town halls, jails, and other municipal facilities.

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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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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Leasing Municipal and Private Property for Solar: Key Steps and Considerations

This paper explains the siting and legal factors officials must consider when leasing their property for solar projects and provides readers with the general steps they can take to convert idle municipal property into a solar revenue generator.

Read the paper here.

Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Tucson

Bruce Plenk, the City of Tucson’s Solar Energy Coordinator, discusses Tucson’s work as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities. Tucson was named as a Solar America City in 2007and the city has worked to increase installations on municipal buildings, revise zoning ordinances, and make solar more accessible to residents through a solar ready homes ordinance. This podcast explores the city’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

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