Stimulating Public-sector Implementation of Renewable Energy
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Local governments play an important role in stabilizing the State's power supply as well as stabilizing municipal electricity expenditures through self-generation. An October 2000 study by the U.S. Dept. of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the Local Government Commission revealed that California's cities and counties have the potential to generate up to 200 megawatts (MW) of rooftop PV power. The document can be downloaded under "NREL Report" below.
Renewable Energy Assistance Packet, Third Edition (PDF, 1.1 MB)
A one-stop-shop for municipal financing and procurement of renewable energy stems, the Assistance Packet directs local governments to information on photovoltaic systems, a compendium of financing sources, options for procurement, rebates, incentives, and local energy policies and programs.
Renewable Energy Policies and Programs
California local governments are leading the way with policies and programs that support renewable energy generation. This fact sheet profiles cities that have initiated solar programs to support home- and business-owners going solar, and it references local policies that support renewable energy generation. Links to referenced policy documents are provided.
This variety of solar RFPs provides a rainbow of approaches on how to solicit proposals for municipal renewable energy projects. RFPs range from single page solicitations for solar panels to detailed RFPs for full-scale design/build projects.
Municipal Renewable Energy Case Studies Fact Sheet (PDF, 189 KB)
This fact sheet profiles communities that have installed photovoltaic (PV) systems on municipal facilities. It includes a "PV Calculator" that can help to determine the cost per kilowatt hour and simple payback of a PV system, and a renewable energy checklist for local governments.
Public Sector PV Presentation (PowerPoint Presentation, 3.6 MB)
By installing photovoltaics and other renewable energy technologies, local governments can increase their energy savings, reliability and security. This power point presentation gives an overview of PV technology and its benefits, presents case studies of other communities that have installed PV, and analyzes the economics of three different solar installations. Additional explanation and presentation script can be found in the "notes page" viewing selection.
NREL Report (PDF, 249 KB)
"Assessing Rooftop Solar-Electric Distributed Energy Resources for the California Local Government Commission", a report by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Read articles about SPIRE and how local governments are generating their own clean power: Currents Newsletter. (SPIRE articles can be found in the September/October 2001 issue to the present issue.)
PV Resources for Local Governments (Links to other WWW Sites)
For More Information:
Director, Resource Conservation Program
Local Government Commission
1303 J Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, California 95814
(916) 448-1198 ext 324