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Smart Solar Marketing Strategies: Clean Energy State Program Guide

The report, based on recent research, informs states on how they can act more like retail marketers to establish the financial and energy value of solar technology for the consumer. According to the new solar marketing report, use of effective marketing strategies is the key to attracting new customers to solar and bringing this smart technology into the mainstream.

U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review 2009

Despite the Great Recession of 2009, the U.S. solar energy industry grew— both in new installations and employment. Total U.S. solar electric capacity from photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies climbed past 2,000 MW, enough to serve more than 350,000 homes. Total U.S. solar thermal capacity approached 24,000 MWth.

A Guide to Community Shared Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-profit Project Development

This guide is a resource for those who want to develop community shared solar projects, from community organizers or solar energy advocates to government officials or utility managers. By exploring the range of incentives and policies while providing examples of operational community shared solar projects, this guide will help communities plan and implement successful energy projects. In addition, by highlighting some policy best practices, this guide suggests changes in the regulatory landscape that could significantly boost community shared solar installations across the nation.

The Impact of Rate Design and Net Metering on the Bill Savings from Distributed PV for Residential Customers in California

We analyze the bill savings from PV for residential customers of California’s two largest electric utilities, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE). The analysis is based on hourly load data from a sample of 215 residential customers located in the service territories of the two utilities, matched with simulated hourly PV production for the same time period based on data from the nearest of 73 weather stations in the state.

United States

Connecting to the Grid: A Guide to Distributed Generation Interconnection Issues, 6th Edition

This guide provides a comprehensive introduction to a span of topics that relate to grid-tied renewable energy sources. The sixth edition has been revised to include information on IREC's recently updated model procedures, alternative billing arrangements for net metering, energy storage and several other emerging issues in the field. This guide is designed for state regulators and other policymakers, utilities, industry representatives and consumers interested in the development of state-level interconnection and net metering policies.

Powering Our Future Solar Salt Lake Implementation Plan

Utah has tremendous distributed solar resource potential that can (and does) provide communities with significant benefits: local jobs, local energy sources, economic development, price stability, risk mitigation, reduced emissions, and greater energy security. With dramatically declining solar prices and the urgent need to stimulate local economies, now is the time for Utah’s communities to seize this unique opportunity.

Salt Lake City, Utah
United States

Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments

The U.S. Department of Energy developed this comprehensive resource to assist local governments and stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. This second edition of the guide was updated to include new market developments and innovations for advancing local solar markets that have emerged since the first edition was released in 2009. This updated edition also contains the most recent lessons and successes from the original 25 Solar America Cities and other communities promoting solar energy.

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:

Austin, Texas
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.

OUC's Community Solar Program: Share the Sun

Summary presentation of OUC's community solar program.

Orlando, Florida
United States


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