U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities Webinar

Considering installing solar on a municipal facility? During this hour-long webinar, you will learn from the experiences of San Jose, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Tucson, Arizona. These three cities – all Solar America Cities – have city-run solar programs and have successfully installed solar on city-owned facilities. San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, installed 1.3 MW of solar on a city-facility through a power-purchase agreement. The city learned from several failed RFPs, and eventually negotiated a 20-year agreement to purchase power from the installation. The City of Milwaukee’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, has worked to increase solar electric and solar thermal installations on various city facilities. Installations were followed up with operations and maintenance trainings for city staff and include monitoring for long-term energy analysis and optimal energy production. The city has also used installations on city facilities to build the local solar market, using them as training opportunities for new installers and utilizing the local the monitoring information as a teaching and marketing tool for the general public and Milwaukee’s growing solar industry. Tucson, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert –one of the most solar rich places in the United States –has made use of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) to finance large-scale installations on municipal facilities. The city leveraged a 13-year bond totaling $7.6 million to fund seven projects, including installations at two community centers, and a reclaimed water reservoir.

January, 2012
San José, California
United States
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Tucson, Arizona
United States
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International City/County Management Association
San José,