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Funding Solar Projects at Federal Agencies: Mechanisms and Selection Criteria (Brochure)

Implementing solar energy projects at federal facilities is a process. The project planning phase of the process includes determining goals, building a team, determining site feasibility and selecting the appropriate project funding tool. This fact sheet gives practical guidance to assist decision-makers with understanding and selecting the funding tool that would best address their site goals.

Funding Solar Projects at Federal Agencies: Mechanisms and Selection Criteria

Implementing solar energy projects at federal facilities is a process. The project planning phase of the process includes determining goals, building a team, determining site feasibility and selecting the appropriate project funding tool. This factsheet gives practical guidance to assist decision-makers with understanding and selecting the funding tool that would best address their site goals.

Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers and Sample Examination Questions

This study guide presents some of the basic cognitive material that individuals who install and maintain PV systems should understand. This information is intended primarily as a study guide to help better prepare for the NABCEP PV installer examination but does not provide all of the information needed for completing the certification examination.

Guidelines for Pilot PACE Financing Programs

This document provides best practice guidelines to help implement the Policy Framework for PACE Financing Programs announced on October 18, 2009. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs allow state and local governments, where permitted by state law, to extend the use of land-secured financing districts to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property.

A Step by Step Tool Kit for Local Governments to Go Solar

This tool kit provides an array of strategies and options that local governments can implement to help encourage solar developments in their region, including amending general plans, incentivizing energy efficiency measures and solar installations, and educating local home builders about existing solar incentives. It also includes model ordinances and resolutions to help local governments promote solar development.

Location:
California
United States

A Homebuilders Guide to Going Solar

This guide assists homebuilders who are contemplating solar-ready or solar homes. It helps them decide whether to install solar energy systems on homes or to make homes solar ready, and helps quantify the benefits for home buyers.

Inspector Guidelines for PV Systems

Guidelines included in this report form a framework for inspecting and permitting PV systems. Guidelines are divided into two stages: plan checking and field inspection. The objective of these guidelines is to facilitate the installation of safe PV systems at minimal cost.

Solar Ready Buildings Planning Guide

This document should be used as a guide to influence the design of new solar ready buildings. It outlines the scope of consideration that will minimize solar installation costs and maximize solar production potential when solar technologies are applied.

The guide is divided into two sections. A checklist provides quick reference and outlines the areas that need to be considered. The checklist references a second, descriptive section that provides detail and background information to the user.

Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems

This 2010 update to the 2006 edition consolidates the most import aspects of a field inspection into a simple process that can be performed in as little as 15 minutes. Explanations and illustrative pictures are included to instruct the inspector on the specific details of each step.

The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice: An Overview of Policy, Practice and Issues

In this report, the authors studied different facets of crediting mechanisms, and defined five different theoretical models describing different ways competitive suppliers and utilities provide net metering options for their customers. They then provided case studies to illustrate the models.

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