Click image to download the Community Energy Resource Guide (PDF)
The Rocky Mountain Institute has released a new resource guide to assist leaders and practitioners in U.S. communities with a desire to transform their energy use. This resource guide is intended to be a reference tool for ongoing community-level energy work, and to serve as a roadmap and methodology to help communities create a comprehensive energy action plan. It is designed to assist community leaders, policy makers, stakeholders, and business leaders in communities of all sizes.
Regional Solar Deployment Handbook (PDF)
This handbook, created by the National Association of Regional Councils, is a comprehensive guide to implementing solar energy at the regional level. It identifies seven key strategies that regional councils can use to successfully drive solar adoption in their jurisdictions. Focused on regionally-specific actions, tools and case studies, this handbook seeks to be a practical resource for understanding the complexities of solar energy and learning how other regional councils have worked on solar throughout the country. Click HERE to access the handbook.
SEE ALSO: Local Nebraska governments can now apply to the new “Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC)” program. For more information & the application link, click HERE. How you can help: Share this information with one or more community government leaders: your mayor, regional council, municipal board, community sustainability coordinator, or planning department director–and encourage them to apply if they haven’t already. Let’s put Nebraska on the Department of Energy’s “Solar Ready” map!
Solar Energy’s Emerging Role in Agriculture
Today farmers are noticing the benefits of integrating solar energy onto their farms. Solar energy allows farmers to independently meet their high energy needs, eliminate risks associated with fossil fuels, and reduce the farm’s impact on the environment. Learn about Pinehold Gardens, a farm in Milwaukee, that selected to adopt solar energy in order to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint and monthly electricity bill. Click HERE to read the case study created by the National Association of Regional Councils.
SEE ALSO: Spring Deadline for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants.
Applications can be submitted anytime before the deadline. Please share this information with Nebraska farmers & rural small business owners you know. Also, rural utilities and rural electric cooperatives are typically eligible.