Solar PV

Vermont Streamlines Solar Regulations

Solar panels and sky

Vermont legislators enacted a bill┬árecently┬áthat streamlines the process for small-scale solar installations, opening the door for residential and commercial customers to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with less red tape. “Aside from time, a recent report produced by SunRun estimated that permitting adds roughly $2,500 to the cost of an average residential installation.” – from Read more…

Southgate installs solar panels and efficient lighting (with video)


The City of Southgate has been taking some bold steps to reach its goal of reducing the City’s energy use by 25% by the year 2015. They found two cost-effective, long-term solutions to their energy needs. Efficient lighting upgrades First, the city reduced its total energy use by replacing their light bulbs with more efficient Read more…

Using a PPA to finance city solar projects

Power Purchase Agreement Checklist (from NREL)

A solar photovoltaic (PV) power purchase agreement (PPA) is a financing mechanism available to state and local governments looking to use solar PV technology to generate clean, renewable energy. This 12-page fact sheet addresses the financial and legal aspects of setting up a PPA but not the technical details.