U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Small Businesses

Utility External Disconnect Switch: Practical, Legal, and Technical Reasons to Eliminate the Requirement

This report documents the safe operation of PV systems without a utility external disconnect switch in several large jurisdictions. It includes recommendations for regulators contemplating utility external disconnect switch requirements.

Portland's Commercial Solar Permitting Guide

This program guide outlines the application and review procedures for obtaining the necessary permits to install a solar energy system on a new or existing commercial building.

Location:
Portland, Oregon
United States

Portland's Residential Solar Permitting Guide

This program guide outlines the application and review procedures for obtaining the necessary permit(s) to install a solar energy system for a new or existing residential building. The guide also describes what system siting or design elements may trigger the need for additional plan review.

Location:
Portland, Oregon
United States

A Homebuilders Guide to Going Solar

This guide assists homebuilders who are contemplating solar-ready or solar homes. It helps them decide whether to install solar energy systems on homes or to make homes solar ready, and helps quantify the benefits for home buyers.

The Customers Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements

The Rahus Institute released a guide for organizations interested in purchasing solar electricity without buying the solar equipment. The “Customer’s Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements” provides an explanation of this rapidly growing business model where a “solar services provider” installs the solar equipment at a university, business, or other organization, and the organization pays only for the solar electricity.

Solar Survey of PV System Owners: San Diego

The purpose of the survey was to understand the motivation, challenges and benefits perceived by individuals who decided to install solar systems in the City of San Diego. Approximately 2000 surveys were sent, and 641 surveys were completed. The primary response was from the residential sector. Individuals had the option to reply electronically, using Survey Monkey, or to complete a paper survey. All responses were combined and checked to ensure that there were no duplicates.

Location:
San Diego, California
United States

Solar Now! Residential Brochure

Four Oregon organizations have teamed up to help Oregon homeowners learn about and install solar energy systems. This is a good example of a marketing/educational product that communities could create.

Location:
Oregon
United States

Problems and Solutions: Training Disaster Organizations of the Use of PV

Experience has shown that photovoltaic systems can be used effectively to support electrical power during emergencies. This paper describes what is being done to deploy PV following disasters, types of training needed, target audiences, available training material and types of workshops being conducted.

 

Location:
Florida
United States

Renewable Energy and Disaster-Resistant Buildings

The purpose of this paper is to minimize the destruction and disruption caused by natural disasters with implementation of disaster resistant buildings .This approaches uses the best energy efficient buildings, fortified to the latest codes and incorporative renewable energy systems. T

Location:
Florida
United States

SolOpt Optimization Tool

SolOpt is a tool for optimizing and sizing rooftop photovoltaic and solar hot water system installations. The tool is currently in beta version and can be tested using the attached Excel spreadsheet. Note: When prompted to ‘Open,’ ‘Save,’ or ‘Cancel,’ select the ‘Save’ option for proper operation.

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