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State Clean Energy Policies Analysis: State, Utility, and Municipal Loan Programs

This report relies on six in-depth interviews with loan program administrators to provide descriptions of existing programs. Findings from the interviews are combined with a review of relevant literature to elicit best practices and lessons learned from existing loan programs. Data collected from each of the loan programs profiled are used to quantify the impacts of these specific loan programs on the commonly cited, overarching state clean energy goals of energy security, economic development, and environmental protection.

Surveys of Solar Permitting Practices in Colorado Local Jurisdictions

Vote Solar has worked in partnership with Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) to collect and analyze current solar permitting practices using data compiled from cities and counties throughout the state. Using industry-standard best practices as a benchmark, we have evaluated each city for the time and cost associated with solar permitting.

Location:
Colorado
United States

ClimateSmart Loan Program: Proposal to Boulder County Board of Commissioners

Boulder County's proposal to its Board of Commissioners contains information about the background of the ClimateSmart Loan Program, outlines key elements of the program, and requests direction from the board on specific program design features.

Location:
Boulder, Colorado
United States

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 Applications to Multiple County Buildings Feasibility Study

This study was requested by Salt Lake County in an effort to obtain a cursory overview of solar electric and solar thermal application possibilities on the rooftops of existing county buildings. The subject buildings represent various County Divisions: Aging Services, Community Services, County Health, County Library, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, County Sheriff and Youth Services. There are fifty two buildings included in the study.

Location:
Salt Lake County, Utah
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Salt Lake

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

Location:
Salt Lake, Utah
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Sacramento

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The City of Sacramento and the greater Sacramento region is the home of a long standing history of commitment to solar. Sacramento Solar Access seeks to further widespread adoption of solar energy by addressing current market barriers and preparing, through design guidelines and education, the infrastructure that will optimize solar production in the future.

Location:
Sacramento, California
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Portland

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

City of Portland’s Solar Now! Program will pursue solar market transformation for Portland residents, businesses, and city operations. The program will work with other City bureaus to ease the regulatory process by streamlining city-level regulations for contractors, homeowners and businesses. The City will use its influence as a regulator, educator and motivator to reach the larger regional community.

Location:
Portland, Oregon
United States

Designing and Building Houses that are Solar Ready

Builders considering adding photovoltaic (PV) systems to new houses after initial construction is completed can save time and money by following new house Solar Ready design guidelines. Solar Ready houses are designed and built with integrated electrical and mechanical features that streamline the integration of PV systems. Solar Ready design guidelines are straightforward and impact house design in the following general areas:

Location:
Forest City, Hawaii
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Pittsburgh

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

In this project, Pittsburgh plans to build on its reputation as a national leader in green practices. Its Solar America Cities project will develop a distributed approach to adoption of solar energy technologies. Pittsburgh’s partnership includes universities, non-profit organizations, and business, labor and foundation communities. The city plans to transform the solar energy market and stimulate early adoption of solar technology, to show that solar technology works in a northern city.

Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States

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