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The Impact of Financial Structure on the Cost of Solar Energy

To stimulate investment in renewable energy generation projects, the federal government developed a series of support structures that reduce taxes for eligible investors--the investment tax credit, the production tax credit, and accelerated depreciation. The nature of these tax incentives often requires an outside investor and a complex financial arrangement to allocate risk and reward among the parties.

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.

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

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.

Location:
Sonoma County, California
United States

2011 ICMA Solar Survey Summary Results

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

Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Pittsburgh

Jason Kambitsis, a Senior Planner with the City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning, discusses the Pittsburgh Solar Initiative. Pittsburgh was named as one of the Department of Energy's 25 Solar America City in 2007 and as a member of a Rooftop Solar Challenge team in 2011.  The city has worked to identify suitable sites for solar, increase solar on city facilities, and train city employees to install solar systems. This podcast explores the city’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Regional Solar Podcast - Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Dennis DiZoglio, the Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission in Massachussetts, discusses efforts to go solar in the region and the role that the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is playing in facilitating regional solar growth. Learn more about the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.

Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Tucson

Bruce Plenk, the City of Tucson’s Solar Energy Coordinator, discusses Tucson's work as one of the Department of Energy's 25 Solar America Cities.  Tucson was named as a Solar America City in 2007and the city has worked to increase installations on municipal buildings, revise zoning ordinances, and make solar more accessible to residents through a solar ready homes ordinance.  This podcast explores the city’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Location:
Tucson, Arizona
United States

Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in San Antonio

Liza Meyer, a Special Projects Manager with the City of San Antonio, discusses San Antonio's work as one of the Department of Energy's 25 Solar America Cities. San Antonio was named as a Solar America City in 2008 and the city worked with local non-profits to increase financing options for homeowners, as well as with CPS Energy, its municipal utility, on large scale solar installations.

National Solar Jobs Census Podcast

Andrea Luecke, the Executive Director of the Solar Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to demonstrate the benefits of solar energy through research and education, discusses the National Solar Jobs Census and growth in the solar jobs sector. The full National Solar Jobs Census report is available here.

Houston Solar America Cities Podcast

Jennifer Ronk, a Research Scientist with the Houston Advanced Research Center, discusses Houston's work as one of the Department of Energy's 25 Solar America Cities, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned, as well as where she sees solar as part of Houston's future.

Location:
Houston, Texas
United States

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