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

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1- to 2-page overviews on specific solar-related topics, including frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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Powering Your Community With Solar: Overcoming Market and Implementation Barriers (Fact Sheet)

This document introduces the Energy Department's new Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems. The guide is designed for 'green' consumers, utilities, local governments, and community groups who want to replicate the success of the Solarize Portland model, overcome barriers to implementation, and permanently transform the market for solar energy in their communities.

Increasing Community Access to Solar: Designing and Developing a Shared Solar Photovoltaic System (Fact Sheet)

This document introduces the Energy Department's new Guide to Community Shared Solar: Utility, Private, and Nonprofit Project Development. The guide is designed to help those who want to develop community shared solar projects - from community organizers and advocates to utility managers and government officials - navigate the process of developing shared systems, from early planning to implementation.

2011 ICMA Solar Survey Summary Results

Survey results cover challenges to solar energy development, local initiatives, permitting and interconnection, planning, and financing options.

Applicant Checklist for Solar Photovoltaic Installations

The city of Berkeley provies a complete list of requirements for residential solar PV installations.

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States

Residential Solar Photovoltaic Permit Guide

Using the abundant energy from the sun, solar photovoltaic (PV) technology converts sunlight directly into electricity. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of the Berkeley community efforts to reduce green house gases.

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States

Applicant Checklist for Solar Thermal Hot Water Installations

The City of Berkeley provides a complete list of requirements in this checklist for solar thermal hot water installations.

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States

Residential Solar Thermal Hot Water Permit Guide

Solar thermal hot water is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar energy technology. Solar thermal can supply most of your hot water needs and can even be used to heat your home. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of the Berkeley community efforts to reduce green house gases.

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States

EESI Fact Sheet: Jobs from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a nonprofit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress. The institutes charter is to disseminate timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set the United States on a cleaner and more secure and sustainable energy path. This fact sheet reports the major findings from job-creation studies in the renewable, fossil, and nuclear energy industries.

Solar Now! Residential Brochure

Four Oregon organizations have teamed up to help Oregon homeowners learn about and install solar energy systems. This is a good example of a marketing/educational product that communities could create.

Location:
Oregon
United States

Your Solar Home

Solar Schoolhouse Education supplement for the Sacramento Bee to introduce solar to elementary school children and introduce the design and AD contest for local students.

Location:
Sacramento, California
United States

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