Community Energy Solutions’ Joe Deets discusses the Bainbridge Island City Hall Community Solar project, in this National Association of Regional Councils podcast. Deets played a vital role in spearheading legislation that allows people in Washington State to invest in Community Solar projects. As a result, Community Energy Solutions partnered with the City of Bainbridge Island to create an investor-funded Community Solar project at its City Hall. Deets discusses this solar initiative from its inception in 2005 to its completion in 2012.
Listen to the American Planning Association’s David Morley discuss the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) report, Planning for Solar Energy, in this NARC podcast. Morley explains how the report provides planners, public officials, and other community stakeholders with a basic rationale for solar energy use planning and how solar planners can take advantage of five strategic points of intervention to promote solar energy in their community. To download a free copy of the report please visit www.planning.org.
NARC spoke with the Solar Foundation abut their award-winning National Solar Jobs Census report. The Census counts the number of solar workers across the U.S. solar value chain. In 2013, the U.S. solar industry employed over 142,000 solar workers, a 20% increase in employment from 2012.
NARC spoke with Stacy Richards, Director of the Resource Center at SEDA-COG on how renewable energy is a valuable economic development tool for rural America. Renewable energy investment can benefit rural communities by reducing electricity costs, bolstering local supply chain networks and enhancing local emergency response. Learn about the many more ways renewable energy can bolster rural America’s landscape through this podcast.
Join Elizabeth Compitello, Research Analyst at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to learn how DVRPC is working to make the Philadelphia region a leader in solar development. For more information about DVRPC, visit www.DVRPC.org
Jason Halpern and Patrick Murphy, founders of Gridless Power, discuss emergency uses of solar technology with NARC. Gridless Power is deploying solar technology in non-traditional formats when conventional power sources may be scarce or unavailable.
NARC spoke with Brian Ross, Owner of CR Planning, to discuss the recent initiative in Minnesota to mandate the use of solar power in the state’s energy portfolio.
NARC spoke with Helen Aki with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, MA about how MAPC is working to make the Boston region a leader in solar development.
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.
Matt Krusemark, Information Services Manager at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) joined NARC to discuss DRCOG’s solar map project. Learn more about the technologies and techniques DRCOG used to create this user-friendly method to find out a building’s solar pv potential in the Denver, Colorado region. To visit the solar map, visit www.drcog.org.