Stimulating Public-sector Implementation of Renewable Energy
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Renewable Energy Policies and Programs
The following information and links are also available in the
and Programs Fact Sheet.
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Local Policies and Ordinances Encourage
Efficiency and Renewable Generation
- The City
of Pleasanton's Energy Plan addresses green building, energy
efficiency, and renewable energy through policy recommendations
that integrate education; demand reduction; policies, programs,
ordinances and legislation; financing; alliance building; and
improved energy supply Æ including distributed renewables.
- The San Diego Regional Energy Office has been tasked by the
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to update and
implement the current Regional
Energy Strategy (RES). The goal of the RES is to support
the future prosperity of the San Diego region through measures
that ensure an adequate energy supply at a reasonable cost that
is consistent with a high degree of environmental quality.
- Marin County's Single
Family Dwelling Energy Efficiency Ordinance requires new
homes larger than 3,500 square feet to meet the Title 24 standard
of the equivalent home designed at 3,500 square feet. This can
be achieved with energy efficiency measures and/or by supplementing
energy use with renewable energy.
Local Programs Incentivize Renewable Energy
- Marin County's Building
Energy Efficient Structures Today (BEST) is a Board of Supervisors-sponsored
program that encourages energy efficient buildings and renewable
energy projects through fee rebates, technical assistance, and
expedited permit processing.
- The City of Palm Desert's Solar
Assistance Program utilized bulk procurement to reduce the
per-unit cost of 600 solar panels that were resold, at a considerable
savings, to businesses and homeowners.
- The Solar
Sebastopol Program was initiated by city officials following
the Solar Sebastopol Feasibility Study. The program aims to
install up to 1,000 kW of PV in the community.
- The City of Arcata and the Humboldt Energy Task Force are
encouraging Humboldt County residents to go solar. A Solar
Guidebook, developed by the Renewable Energy Development
Institute under contract with the City, helps potential solar
energy owners evaluate system size and cost.
- In November 2001 San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved
a $100 million bond
initiative that pays for solar panels, energy efficiency
and wind turbines for public facilities. The money that would
have gone to buy electricity from power plants instead goes
to pay down the bond.
- Other communities that have reduced or eliminated permit fees
for residential and/or business PV systems include the cities
of Oakland, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, as well as
and San Diego counties.
- San Francisco, Bay Area Consortium, San Diego, Alameda County,
Marin County, and Santa Monica are encouraging solar energy
in their communities through their partnerships with the national
Solar Roofs program.
- The City of Santa Monica has adopted a set of requirements
and recommendations to encourage the development of "green"
buildings without forcing excessive costs or other burdens upon
developers, building owners or occupants. The City has also
Building Guidelines to explain possible ways of achieving
green building goals.
- San Jose's Green
Building Policies, adopted in 2001, incorporate green building
principles and practices into the planning, design, construction,
management, renovation, operations, and demolition of all City
facilities that are constructed, owned, managed or financed
by the City. They also call for San Jose to provide leadership
and guidance to encourage the application of green building
practices in private sector planning, design, construction,
management, renovation, operations, and demolition.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of informa-tion on state, local,
utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable
Renewables Rebate Program
This California Energy Commission program provides rebates to
consumers who install qualifying renewable energy systems.
Energy Development Institute
REDI provides a broad range of services in support of the renewables
technology indus-try including technical assistance, financial
analysis, project development, and education and training in
technology and financing.
Wind Information Center
The information on this web page is designed to aid local government
authorities that are making decisions on applications for small
wind turbines or planning for the future devel-opment of small
wind turbines in their area.
Green Building Council
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environ-mental Design) Green
Building Rating System» is a voluntary, consensus-based national
stan-dard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
The Vote Solar Initiative's mission is to promote a national
transition to clean energy by em-powering city governments to
implement large-scale, cost-effective solar projects.
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