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Reviewing the City of Milwaukee's Solar Financing Options

This memo was originally written and delivered in draft form to the city in July 2009. Based on comments received, an addendum was added to address additional issues. Rebate levels, taxes and other information were updated as necessary in this current version.

Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Tucson

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The Tucson Solar Initiative seeks to institutionalize the value of nine years of solar energy development experience, secure the promise of renewable energy investment funds, facilitate the installation of a significant volume of installations in the community and establish a mechanism for sustainable solar integration for the future.

Location:
Tucson, Arizona
United States

The Use of Triangular-Shaped PV Arrays to Better Blend into Historical Structures

When considering the installation of a solar PV array on a designated historical structure, placement of each solar panel requires extra attention to aesthetic considerations. If the solar array cannot be installed behind the structure or “hidden” on a roof plane that is not visible from the public street or sidewalk, it can sometimes be installed as an architectural feature that blends into the historical structure. One way to do this is to utilize triangular-shaped PV panels that conform with the building’s roof lines.

Location:
Madison, Wisconsin
United States

Field Test and Evaluation Report Five Photovoltaic Power Systems for the City of Tucson

Members of the DOE solar energy Tiger Team tested five municipally owned, grid connected photovoltaic (PV) power systems for the City of Tucson on March 26 and 27, 2008. The five PV systems tested were Southeast Service Center, Clements Fitness Center, and Thonydale water treatment plant systems 1, 2, and 3. During all tests, skies were virtually cloudless with only occasional, high cirrus present, and none during array testing.

Location:
Tucson, Arizona
United States

Use Of Municipal Assistance Programs to Advance the Adoption of Solar Technologies

This 7-page document discusses approaches to facilitating solar energy installations in Madison and San Francisco, with a preview of a program in Berkeley. All programs have a technical site survey as a main component. This paper is intended to serve as a tool for municipalities and organizations examining programs to facilitate the installation of solar energy technologies at the local level no specific program design is prescribed.

Locations:
Berkeley, California
United States
San Francisco, California
United States
Madison, Wisconsin
United States

Solar Installations – Experience and Recommendations City of Madison

This paper describes the challenges overcome and experience gained by the City of Madison while imple-menting solar technology on city facilities and grounds. Recommendations may be different for other type of entities, usage and region.

Location:
Madison, Wisconsin
United States

Solar Policy Environment: San Diego

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The objective of this project is to support the City’s Green Vision, which is to ultimately ensure that 100% of the city’s electricity needs are met by renewable resources. Over a 24-moth period, the City will implement strategies to achieve a 15% increase in solar installations in San Jose, a 50% increased awareness and knowledge in the community, and more opportunities to purchase or invest in green power.

Location:
San Diego, California
United States

Solar Policy Environment: San Francisco

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The City and County of San Francisco’s “Solar San Francisco” Initiative will strive to remove barriers to the deployment of solar technologies in San Francisco as part of its effort to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by the year 2012.

Location:
San Francisco, California
United States

Solar Policy Environment: San José

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The objective of this project is to support the City’s Green Vision, which is to ultimately ensure that 100% of the city’s electricity needs are met by renewable resources. Over a 24-moth period, the City will implement strategies to achieve a 15% increase in solar installations in San José, a 50% increased awareness and knowledge in the community, and more opportunities to purchase or invest in green power.

Location:
San José, California
United States

Solar Policy Environment: Santa Rosa

This document outlines the policies in place affecting solar deployment.

The objective of this project is to support the City’s Green Vision, which is to ultimately ensure that 100% of the city’s electricity needs are met by renewable resources. Over a 24-moth period, the City will implement strategies to achieve a 15% increase in solar installations in San Jose, a 50% increased awareness and knowledge in the community, and more opportunities to purchase or invest in green power.

Location:
Santa Rosa, California
United States

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