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Specific examples or models, usually a success story.

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Lenox, Massachusetts, Solar Case Study

Lenox, a small town in the Berkshire Hills, is a Massachusetts Green Community. As a Green Community, Lenox received grant funding from the state, and the town has invested a portion of this funding into a grant program to help residents install solar on their homes. With neighboring Pittsfield, Lenox is also participating in the SolarizeMass program, a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and participating communities around the state.

Location:
Lenox, Massachusetts
United States

Solarize Case Study

In March 2012, the cities of West Linn and Lake Oswego, Oregon, launched Solarize West Linn-Lake Oswego, a community-led solar initiative, supported by both cities, Clackamas County, and a grant from the city of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Clackamas County also supported a Solarize campaign along with the county’s Oregon State University extension service – Growing Solar Clackamas County. 

Locations:
West Linn, Oregon
United States
Lake Oswego, Oregon
United States
Clackamas County, Oregon
United States

Santa Barbara, California, Solar Case Study

Santa Barbara, California, has made solar a priority. The city has several municipal installations, a robust set of solar design guidelines, and a Solar Design Reconition Program, which recognizes excellence in design of both active and passive solar systems. The city also supported the local Solarize Santa Barbara campaign.

Location:
Santa Barbara, California
United States

Aurora, Colorado, Case Study

Aurora, Colorado, is pursuing solar as part of the city's larger sustainability strategy.  In 2009, the city, population 325,078, updated its Comprehensive Plan to include a Sustainability Plan with goals for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and economic growth.  Aurora now has three solar PV installations on city properties and three solar thermal installations on city properties with plans for a fourth.  Additionally, Aurora has a streamlined permitting process and has adopted a renewable energy ordinance.

Location:
Aurora, Colorado
United States

Park City, Utah, Solar Case Study

Park City, Utah, is leading by example when it comes to solar.  The city of 7,558, located southeast of Salt Lake City in the Wasatch Mountains is installing solar on municipal facilities, and working collaboratively with other jurisdictions in Northern Utah through the Wasatch Solar Challenge, one of the Department of Energy’s 22 Rooftop Solar Challenge teams.  Since 2009, Park City has installed four solar projects on municipal facilities and the city is planning to complete two additional projects in 2012.

Location:
Park City, Utah
United States

Sacramento, California: Solar in Action

This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Sacramento, CA, a 2008 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given.

Location:
Sacramento, California
United States

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Solar in Action

This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Philadelphia, PA, a 2008 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given.

Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

Orlando, Florida: Solar in Action

This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Orlando, FL, a 2008 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given.

Location:
Orlando, Florida
United States

Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota: Solar in Action

This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Minneapolis, MN, a 2008 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given.

Locations:
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Saint Paul, Minnesota
United States

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Solar in Action

This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Milwaukee, WI, a 2008 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given.

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

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