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Funding available for CCAs through the Earth Hour City Challenge

by christinaashtary Jul 25, 2013

Under the auspices of its Earth Hour City Challenge, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) supports the work of local governments in preparing for and responding to the threat of climate change.  This year, WWF is highlighting the importance and potential of local energy aggregation in the nation's transition to a clean energy economy.

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45 Top Mayors Pledge Action on Extreme Weather, Launch National Resilience Campaign

by Don Knapp Jun 15, 2013

The Resilient Communities for America campaign launches today: The mayors of Washington DC, Denver, Cincinnati, Sacramento, San Diego, Milwaukee, El Paso, Broward County and many others commit to creating more resilient cities and counties in response to nation’s growing extreme weather, climate and energy challenges


Forty five leading local elected officials today committed to creating more resilient cities, towns, and counties in the face of unprecedented extreme weather and energy challenges that threaten communities across the country. The “Inaugural Signatories” of the Resilient Communities for America Agreement letter pledged to take cost-effective actions to prepare and protect their communities from the increasing disasters and disruptions fueled by climate change, such as heat waves, floods, droughts, severe storms, and wildfires. In addition, they called for more action and support from federal leaders.

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Campaign Chair Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento: "Make a Commitment"

“A new national movement is emerging, led by mayors who believe that now is the time to take powerful, proactive steps to safeguard our communities, adapt to extreme weather and energy challenges, and transform adversity into economic opportunity,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, CA, Chair of the Resilient Communities for America campaign. “Today I call on my fellow mayors and county leaders across the country to join the campaign and make your own commitment to creating more resilient communities that are strong, self-reliant, prepared, and prosperous.”

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A Guiding Light for FHFA? PACE Fight Turning into Soap Opera Drama

by VoteSolar Apr 29, 2013

(A message from our friends at VoteSolar)

It seems that soap operas did not, in fact, go away after the 80s.  Because the ongoing saga of efforts to establish Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs play like an energy wonk’s version of ‘As the World Turns’.

We’re writing with an update, and a request to take action to help clean energy solutions in America.

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Solar in Small Communities: Profile of Gaston County, NC

by Kimberly Kooles, North Carolina Solar Center Apr 07, 2013

The Solar in Small Communities: Gaston County, NC case study (pdf) examines how a medium-sized community can enable and encourage solar development in their community. The case study aims to share Gaston County’s efforts with other local governments as a testimony to the successful installation of solar energy on a local government facility and details the lessons learned from the experience. The case study also provides guidance for other local governments looking to install solar energy on municipal property.

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NREL Report on Distributed Solar Incentive Programs

by Don Knapp Feb 03, 2013

In December NREL released a new report that should be of interest to local governments: Distributed Solar Incentive Programs: Recent Experience and Best Practices for Design and Implementation (pdf).

From the Executive Summary:

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Community Shared Solar: Diverse Approaches for a Common Goal

by IREC Jan 16, 2013

Community-shared solar makes it easy for individuals and organizations unable to take advantage community shared solar cover of on-site renewable energy generation to benefit from distributed generation. From California to New York, community-shared solar programs are making a strong showing, especially among utilities. And consumers are the beneficiaries, from renters and individuals who live in multi-tenant buildings, to those who don't have adequate or appropriate roof space, and individuals who simply don't want solar panels on their roof.

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Solar and Historic Preservation: How to Manage Expectations

by North Carolina Solar Center Jan 16, 2013

Download this new case study from the North Carolina Solar Center. Here's a summary:

The Managing Expectations case study examines common impediments to integrating solar energy into historic districts, how communities worked to overcoming such challenges, steps along the way in which stakeholder engagement was cultivated and adaptability of lessons learned to other communities. Portland, Oregon and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma have been chosen as examples of communities who have successfully integrated solar into their respective local historic preservation policies.

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This case study was created as part of the North Carolina Solar Center’s efforts under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. As a member of this partnership, the North Carolina Solar Center provides information and technical expertise to local governments interested in implementing solar programs and policies.

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Updated Tool Helps State and Local Governments Make the Case for Clean Energy

by U.S. EPA Oct 23, 2012

EPA has just released version 2.4 of the Co-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) screening model, a free tool that helps state and local governments estimate and map the potential air quality, human health, and related economic benefits from clean energy policies or programs (due to expected reductions in particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, ammonia , and volatile organic compounds).

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Steps to a Successful Solar RFP

by The Solar Foundation Oct 14, 2012

With autumn upon us, we at The Solar Foundation are ready to share the fruits of our labor. That’s right: TSF has come out with a brand new informational product for you to read and share with your local government reps!

Today's release of Steps to a Successful Solar RFP builds upon our commitment to help local governments “go solar.” Our new issue brief, produced as part of our work with the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, helps reduce the hurdles to going solar by providing local governments with the requisite knowledge to develop successful Requests for Proposals (RFPs). In this brief, readers will learn the essential elements of a solar RFP, receive guidance in evaluating proposals, and be directed to a bevy of resources, tools, and sample documents to optimize their solar procurement efforts.

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Cambridge Launches Interactive Map to Show Solar Power Potential

by Scott R Campbell Oct 14, 2012

From MIT News:

MIT researchers have developed a new interactive map to show Cambridge property owners how much electricity can be produced on their rooftops from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, how the financial investment will pay off and how much pollution will be reduced.

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The new tool shows that if photovoltaic panels were installed on all good and excellent locations, Cambridge could generate about a third of its electricity needs via PV for about $2.8 billion. The technology has been found to predict electricity yield to within 4-10 percent of actual measured results.

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