Solar PV

Vermont Streamlines Solar Regulations

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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)

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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.