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Solar Backgrounder for City Council: Philadelphia

Background information on how solar works for city council.

Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

Field Test and Evaluation Report Five Photovoltaic Power Systems for the City of Tucson

Members of the DOE solar energy Tiger Team tested five municipally owned, grid connected photovoltaic (PV) power systems for the City of Tucson on March 26 and 27, 2008. The five PV systems tested were Southeast Service Center, Clements Fitness Center, and Thonydale water treatment plant systems 1, 2, and 3. During all tests, skies were virtually cloudless with only occasional, high cirrus present, and none during array testing.

Location:
Tucson, Arizona
United States

Tucson Request for Proposal for 1-5 MW PV PPA

The mission of Tucson Water, a Department of the City of Tucson (the City), is to ensure that its customers receive high quality water and excellent service in a cost efficient, safe and environmentally responsible manner. In the interest of furthering Tucson Waters mission, the City is seeking a Contractor to finance, design, build, commission, own, operate and maintain up to a 1 megawatt (MW) DCSTC hotovoltaic (PV) system. The City also seeks an option for expanding the PV system up to a total of 5 MW DCSTC PV.

Location:
Tucson, Arizona
United States

Use Of Municipal Assistance Programs to Advance the Adoption of Solar Technologies

This 7-page document discusses approaches to facilitating solar energy installations in Madison and San Francisco, with a preview of a program in Berkeley. All programs have a technical site survey as a main component. This paper is intended to serve as a tool for municipalities and organizations examining programs to facilitate the installation of solar energy technologies at the local level no specific program design is prescribed.

Locations:
Berkeley, California
United States
San Francisco, California
United States
Madison, Wisconsin
United States

Solar Installations – Experience and Recommendations City of Madison

This paper describes the challenges overcome and experience gained by the City of Madison while imple-menting solar technology on city facilities and grounds. Recommendations may be different for other type of entities, usage and region.

Location:
Madison, Wisconsin
United States

Draft Transcript on Municipal PV Systems

Webinar on navigating the legal, tax, and finance issues associated with the installation of Municipal PV Systems. The following agenda was developed based on Pat Boylston's experience assisting municipalities with their PV projects and the requests for information that the Solar America City technical team leads have received from many of the 25 Solar America Cities since the April 2008 meeting in Tucson.

1. Critical Potential Deal Constraints Embedded in Municipal Law.

A. Debt Limitations in City Codes, State Statutes and Constitutions

Use of Municipal Assistance Programs to Advance the Adoption of Solar Technologies (Note: Real One)

This report serves as a tool for municipalities and organizations that are exploring programs to facilitate the installation of solar energy technologies at the local level. The report discusses programs being implemented in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Madison. Program design considerations, lessons learned from program administrators, and recommendations to consider when designing a municipal assistance program are included, but no program design is prescribed. Recommendations should be customized to serve the needs of a specific market.

Sonoma County Solar Implementation Plan

Solar power and energy efficiency constitute a win‐win formula to jump start the local economy and effectively respond to the climate change crisis. To address these important opportunities, this Sonoma County Solar Implementation Plan was prepared by Solar Sonoma County, a nonprofit public/private consortium of local governments, businesses, other entities and individuals working collaboratively to identify and implement initiatives to promote, expand, and accelerate solar power and energy efficiency throughout Sonoma County, under a U.S.

Location:
Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California
United States

Solar Policy Environment: San Diego

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The objective of this project is to support the City’s Green Vision, which is to ultimately ensure that 100% of the city’s electricity needs are met by renewable resources. Over a 24-moth period, the City will implement strategies to achieve a 15% increase in solar installations in San Jose, a 50% increased awareness and knowledge in the community, and more opportunities to purchase or invest in green power.

Location:
San Diego, California
United States

Solar Policy Environment: San Francisco

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The City and County of San Francisco’s “Solar San Francisco” Initiative will strive to remove barriers to the deployment of solar technologies in San Francisco as part of its effort to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by the year 2012.

Location:
San Francisco, California
United States

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