Municipal Clean Energy Toolkit
Welcome to the Municipal Clean Energy Toolkit. Included within the Toolkit is guidance on how municipalities can finance, purchase, install, and promote clean energy. The Toolkit contains material for any knowledge level – from municipal clean energy aficionado to beginner. For those more familiar with clean energy, the search function, the drop down menu, and the clean energy quick links below will help you access specific information quickly. For users less familiar with clean energy, we encourage you to follow the navigational outline provided to the far right. Additionally, below is a checklist that denotes thirteen broad steps that your municipality should undertake during your clean energy process.
Clean Energy Types Discussed in Toolkit
Energy from Waste
Storage Conversion Technologies
|Getting Started - Clean Energy Checklist
|Energy Efficiency – Ensure that energy consumption has been reduced before attempting to purchase or install clean energy.
|Review Clean Energy Types to determine which type fits your needs.
|Review Regulatory requirements for the clean energy type you've selected.|
|Identify appropriate and available Financing options to help fund a clean energy installation.|
||Review, prepare, and pass Ordinances/Bylaws necessary to site clean energy.
|Understand potential Economic Development Opportunities that accompany clean energy and capitalize on those that are pertinent for your community.
|Conduct community outreach and education to Promote your clean energy project.
|Review state Procurement regulations to ensure you are capitalizing on appropriate opportunities and following required procurement regulations.
||Consider Purchasing clean energy from your utility or a third party if installing clean energy isn’t feasible.|
|Review a list of ICLEI Members in Massachusetts to see what your fellow communities are doing in regards to climate protection.
|Review Case Studies that denote how other communities have successfully installed or purchased clean energy.|
|Review a list of Resources that can help you find out more about various aspects of clean energy.|
|Have fun, document your progress, and share your experience with ICLEI.|
The Municipal Clean Energy Toolkit was generously funded by the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust and provides details specifically relevant for municipalities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. However, the vast majority of information in the Toolkit is applicable to any local government, regardless of size or geographical location.