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Solar Applications to Multiple County Buildings Feasibility Study

This study was requested by Salt Lake County in an effort to obtain a cursory overview of solar electric and solar thermal application possibilities on the rooftops of existing county buildings. The subject buildings represent various County Divisions: Aging Services, Community Services, County Health, County Library, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, County Sheriff and Youth Services. There are fifty two buildings included in the study.

Location:
Salt Lake County, Utah
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Salt Lake

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

Location:
Salt Lake, Utah
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Sacramento

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The City of Sacramento and the greater Sacramento region is the home of a long standing history of commitment to solar. Sacramento Solar Access seeks to further widespread adoption of solar energy by addressing current market barriers and preparing, through design guidelines and education, the infrastructure that will optimize solar production in the future.

Location:
Sacramento, California
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Portland

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

City of Portland’s Solar Now! Program will pursue solar market transformation for Portland residents, businesses, and city operations. The program will work with other City bureaus to ease the regulatory process by streamlining city-level regulations for contractors, homeowners and businesses. The City will use its influence as a regulator, educator and motivator to reach the larger regional community.

Location:
Portland, Oregon
United States

Designing and Building Houses that are Solar Ready

Builders considering adding photovoltaic (PV) systems to new houses after initial construction is completed can save time and money by following new house Solar Ready design guidelines. Solar Ready houses are designed and built with integrated electrical and mechanical features that streamline the integration of PV systems. Solar Ready design guidelines are straightforward and impact house design in the following general areas:

Location:
Forest City, Hawaii
United States

Assessment of Rooftop Area in Austin Energys Service Territory Suitable for PV Development

As part of the Solar America Cities program, Austin Energy proposed to perform an assessment of the rooftop area available for PV development within its service area. Austin Energy contracted with Clean Energy Associates (CEA) to perform the analysis. This report summarizes the project objectives, data sources and methodological approach employed, and results.

Key questions addressed by this project were:

Location:
Austin, Texas
United States

Florida's Emergency Shelters Go Solar

Florida has its fair share of dangerous weather conditions including hurricanes, tornados and floods. Florida legislature passed various laws and made revisions addressing disaster planning which required that the Department of Education, in consultation with school boards and county and state emergency management offices, develop design standards for public shelters to be incorporated into State Requirements for Educational Facilities.

Location:
Florida
United States

PG&E Plans for 500 MW of PV

PG&E has developed a plan to install 500 MW of PV by the year 2015. The plan calls for 250 MW to be acquired through Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) and the other 250 MW to be purchased and owned by the utility. PG&E presented the plan at a public forum on April 27, 2009. A copy of the power point presentation is attached.

Solar Policy Environment: Pittsburgh

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

In this project, Pittsburgh plans to build on its reputation as a national leader in green practices. Its Solar America Cities project will develop a distributed approach to adoption of solar energy technologies. Pittsburgh’s partnership includes universities, non-profit organizations, and business, labor and foundation communities. The city plans to transform the solar energy market and stimulate early adoption of solar technology, to show that solar technology works in a northern city.

Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

Solar Policy Environment:Philadelphia

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

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