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Solar on Municipal Facilities Webinar II

Considering installing solar on a municipal facility? During this hour-long webinar, you will hear from solar industry experts about the benefits of going solar, solar technologies and their applications, and tools for financing solar projects.

Regional Solar Podcast: Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

Laura Mundell, with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), discusses solar in greater Pittsburgh Region, and SPC's engagement in the Department of Energy's Rooftop Solar Challenge. To learn more about SPC, visitwww.spcregion.org.  For more information on the National Association of Regional Councils, visit www.narc.org.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Utilities, Local Governments, and Solar Podcast

In this podcast, Becky Campbell, a Research Manager with the Solar Electric Power Association, discusses utilities and solar. This podcast covers what utilities see as some of the benefits and concerns when it comes to solar, and how local governments can effectively work with utilities to go solar.  To learn more about SEPA visit www.solarelectricpower.org.

Regional Collaborative Procurement for Solar PV Webinar

Learn how through collaborative procurement, communities can reduce the up-front costs of solar installations by working together as a group to evaluate project sites, procure solar systems and negotiate contracts, thus yielding much lower transaction costs for each individual partner.

Washington, District Of Columbia
United States

Solar in Small Communities Webinar

Small communities looking to go solar may face challenges, especially when looking to achieve the economies of scale that make solar projects cost effective or attractive to developers. On this webinar, learn about some of the considerations for small communities looking to go solar and then hear directly from local governments that have installed solar on their facilities or partnered with solar installers to undertake installations in their communities. 

Takoma Park, Maryland
United States
Pendleton, Oregon
United States

Solar, Sustainability, and Energy Efficiency in Columbia, MO

Barbara Buffaloe, the city of Columbia, Missouri’s Sustainability Manager and Connie Kacprowicz, a Utilities Services Specialist for Columbia Water and Light discuss the city’s solar initiatives and how they tie in with other energy efficiency and sustainability programs underway in the community. To learn more about Columbia’s solar and sustainability programs, visit http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Sustainability/.

Columbia, Missouri
United States

Working with Your Local Electric Utility

Cooperation between local governments and electrical utilities is essential to accelerating broad deployment of renewable energy. Join ICLEI USA and partners to learn how to work with your utility to create improved conditions for bringing renewable energy online. We'll focus on topics related to working with electric cooperatives on solar.

Saving With Solar: Understanding Retail Solar Power Purchase Agreements

In 2010, PPAs and leases made up around 43% of all PV installations (by capacity) in the non-residential sector and approximately 17% of capacity additions in the residential sector. In this webinar, we examined the emergence of PPAs and discussed the future of PPAs and other similar ownership structures. PPA experts discussed how retail PPAs work, how municipalities have taken advantage of the PPA model to lock-in their energy costs, and discussed innovative PPA ownership models.

Morris County, New Jersey
United States
Natick, Massachusetts
United States

Firefighter Safety and Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

This webinar will share the results of research conducted by UL to examine the fire service concerns of photovoltaic (PV) systems and the potential impact of firefighting operations.

Innovative Solutions for Solar Financing Webinar - Full Webinar

Financing of solar projects remains a major barrier to the more widespread adoption of solar technologies. This webinar will feature successful solar projects from Sonoma County, California and Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Sonoma County adopted a climate action plan in 2006, which included a Comprehensive Energy Project. Through the Comprehensive Energy Project, the county has installed a 750kW solar array and invested in energy efficiency and conservation measures.

Sonoma County, California
United States


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