With local municipalities playing an increasingly important role in the clean energy revolution, Environment America Research and Policy Center released a new toolkit to support cities and towns nationwide in capturing more clean renewable energy from the sun. Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar offers practical ways to take advantage of millions of available rooftops across the country.
“If we’re going to forestall catastrophic climate change and protect our cities and towns from the effects of extreme weather, there’s nothing better than clean, locally harvested renewable power,” said Susan Rakov, chair of Environment America Research and Policy Center’s Clean Energy Program. “Rooftop solar can make communities cleaner, safer and more self-reliant. Cities and towns need to put the pieces in place to help this technology thrive.” Read more here.
Links to Solar Energy Incentives & Additional Resources
Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar systems: 30% to December 31, 2019.
Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
Additionally, LES customers may qualify for a one-time capacity payment of up to $1,000 per kilowatt of peak demand reduced. The total amount customers can receive is determined by the system size and primary direction the system is facing, for example:
Southern facing fixed-photovoltaic solar – the unit’s nameplate DC capacity (kW) x $375.
Western facing or single or dualaxis tracking fixed-photovoltaic solar – the unit’s nameplate DC capacity (kW) x $475.
Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Nebraska Sierra Club, OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team, The Nebraska Conservation Education Fund
Our guest speakers will be Tricia McKnight, OPPD Product Specialist, and Heather Siebken, Director of Product Development & Marketing. They will present an overview of OPPD’s community solar program and how customer-owners will be able to participate. A Q&A will follow their presentation.
This photo of a solar array at Birdsong Peanuts’ shelling and drying facility in Colquitt, Georgia illustrates a 1MW-size solar project. Photo Credit: Hannah Solar
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
The U.S. Energy Information Administration has begun including data on small scale solar PV installations in its Electric Power Monthly reports, noting that the systems “have grown significantly in the United States over the past several years.” . . . Although each distributed PV system is very small [defined as up to 1MW], EIA noted that “there are hundreds of thousands of these systems across the country that add up to a substantial amount of electricity generating capacity.”