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Meet ICLEI's Summer 2013 Solar Outreach Partnership Interns

by christinaashtary Aug 22, 2013

Exciting news: we’ve recently been expanding our staff here at ICLEI! Under the Department of Energy-sponsored SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs),  ICLEI has hired a cohort of ten interns to compose 40+ case studies this summer.

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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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Free Solar Assistance for Your Local Government—Are You Taking Advantage?

by christinaashtary Jul 04, 2013

Photo Credit: Solar Powering Your Community Guidebook, Solar America Communities

If your city or county is like the hundreds of sustainability leaders across ICLEI’s network, you’re working hard to expand solar capacity in your community. Scaling solar isn’t easy, and in this emerging field there are a range of challenges and barriers to overcome.

Good thing you’re not on your own: ICLEI’s Renewable Energy team is working hard to deliver free resources and technical support to help you follow the best practices and get fast answers to your questions. ICLEI is a primary partner in the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative implementing the Solar Outreach Partnership and Solar 3.0 programs, both of which aim to develop and grow local solar markets.

Are you taking full advantage of the free resources available to your local government? Below are three ways ICLEI and its partners can help.

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Solar Education Station Unveiled in Texarkana, TX

by Katelyn Orenchuk May 26, 2011

Texarcana Solar Ribbon Cutting

Photo by Vicki Melde, Marketing & Communications Manager, City of Texarkana

On May 5th, 2011, the City of Texarkana unveiled its new PV installation and proposed solar curriculum with a ribbon cutting in Wallace Park. Installed by Houston-based Alternative Power Solutions, the solar project consists of 24 panels on two ground-mounted installations and produces roughly 3727 kWh of energy annually -- enough to power the park’s pavilion lighting and restroom facilities.

The $16,958 project was made possible through grant funding by the United States Department of Energy, an $8,000 rebate from municipal utility provider SWEPCO, and the support of the City of Texarkana. SWEPCO provided their rebate through their SMART Source Solar Photovoltaic Program, an incentive program designed to offset the initial costs of installing PV systems in residential and commercial buildings.

The City will use the Solar Education Station as part of a solar curriculum provided by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project for students in grades 5 through 12. The solar curriculum will be integrated into existing science, social studies, math, language arts, and technology curricula to demonstrate the benefits and realities of solar and renewable energy use and its impact in a broad spectrum of areas.

>> View the Ribbon Cutting Flyer (PDF)

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Walking the (Clean Energy) Walk in Tybee Island, GA

by Rena Ragimova Jun 23, 2010

Guest Blogger: Paul Wolff, Councilman, Tybee Island, GA

Tybee blog solar panel image

Greetings from Tybee Island, GA! 

We’re a small community of about 3,800 off the coast of Georgia and I’ve been honored to serve the people of this beautiful community as a city council member since 2004.  For years I’ve wanted to go solar, and with recent incentives, the time seemed right.  I just thought I’d share a little about my experience to show why I made this decision.

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