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Freeing the Grid: Best Practices in State Net Metering Policies and Interconnection Procedures (2011 Edition)

The 2011 Edition of Freeing the Grid marks the 5th year of the report. With the astronomical growth of the renewable energy industry and a heavy focus on distributed generation resources, these five years have
felt like a lifetime. Much has changed in that period, and much has been for the better. For instance, community solar and virtual net metering arrangements are now commonplace in many jurisdictions. This policy element didn’t exist when Freeing the Grid was first introduced.

Solar Policy Environment: Houston

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The City of Houston is committed to achieving a sustainable solar infrastructure through strategic partnerships that address market barriers for solar energy through the Houston Solar Initiative. The initiative is dedicated to this long-term goal while focusing on near- and mid-term results that go beyond demonstration solar projects.

Location:
Houston, Texas
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Boston

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

City of Boston’s objective in creating Solar Boston is to maximize solar technology’s role in the City’s sustainable development, educational and emergency preparedness policies. Solar Boston’s objective is the installation of solar technology on all feasible and appropriate locations throughout Boston.

Location:
Boston, Massachusetts
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Berkeley

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The goals of this project are to (1) accelerate the adoption of solar technology at the local level by engaging the City, service providers, end users and regulators; (2) provide a model for other cities; and (3) promote solar technology among residents and local businesses.

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States

SmartSolar Site Report and Appendix - Sample

This site report provides SmartSolar’s identified opportunities for energy efficiency and solar projects, guides on how to move forward with these projects, and supporting documents.

In submitting these to our clients, the appendix is attached under separate cover.

Performance Assessment of Photovoltaic Attic Ventilator Fans

A case study of photovoltaic attic ventilator fans was conducted on an occupied single family home in Central Florida. Two fans were installed at mid-summer in an instrumented home where attic air temperature, meteorological conditions and space cooling electric power were measured. The home already had an attic radiant barrier, but still experienced attic air temperatures in excess of 130oF.

Location:
Florida
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Ann Arbor

The resource shows the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

Location:
Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States

Non-Residential Solar Water Heating Site Assessment at Milwaukee Apartment Buildings

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association's certified site assessors conducted 25 site assessments under a subcontract with NREL in 2009. The attached is one of the SHW assessments.

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

PV Solar Site Assessment (Milwaukee high school)

The purpose of this assessment is to provide site-specific information on how a solar electric (also referred to as a photovoltaic, or PV) system would perform at your location, including information on estimated physical size, rated output, energy production, costs, financial incentives and mounting options. Site assessors are required to present unbiased information and may not recommend contractors or products.

The site owner is interested in:

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

Solar Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electriciy Pricing Beneficial to Solar PV in New York City?

The goal of this study is to evaluate the validity of the following statement: “the coincidence of high electric energy prices and peak solar electric photovoltaic (PV) output can improve the economics of PV installations, and can also facilitate the wider use of hourly pricing.” The study is focused on Con Edison electric service territory in New York City.

Location:
New York, New York
United States

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