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Local Governments

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

Solar Powering Your Community: Local Government Role in Increasing Solar Adoption

This PowerPoint presentation from the 2011  ICMA Annual Conference in Milwaukee describes the role of local leaders in bringing solar power to their communities. In addition, it includes specific examples of their use in a variety of places and photos.

Locations:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Orlando, Florida
United States
Tampa, Florida
United States

Essential Info Packet: Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy

Do your community's plans and ordinances address solar energy systems? As the nation's centers of electricity consumption, cities and counties are uniquely positioned to support economic growth, strengthen America's energy independence, and reduce pollution by converting to solar energy. Planners have important roles to play in making sure their communities' plans and land use regulations allow and encourage this clean, safe energy source.

2011 ICMA Solar Survey Summary Results

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

Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities Webinar

Considering installing solar on a municipal facility? During this hour-long webinar, you will learn from the experiences of San Jose, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Tucson, Arizona. These three cities – all Solar America Cities – have city-run solar programs and have successfully installed solar on city-owned facilities. San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, installed 1.3 MW of solar on a city-facility through a power-purchase agreement. The city learned from several failed RFPs, and eventually negotiated a 20-year agreement to purchase power from the installation.

Locations:
San José, California
United States
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Tucson, Arizona
United States

Economic (Re)Development and Solar Webinar

Looking for something to do with that former landfill?  Interested in renewable energy? Communities across the country have brownfields, capped landfills, and other pieces of vacant and underutilized land, which have the potential to be successfully redeveloped with solar.

Locations:
Metheun, Massachusetts
United States
Brockton, Massachusetts
United States

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.

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