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Financing Clean Energy In Your City: An Introduction to Urban Green Banks
This webinar, hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Coalition for Green Capital, covers how green banks work and explores success stories from the nation’s leaders on green banks.
Energy Resilience in San Francisco and New York
Across the country, natural disasters and extreme weather—from wildfires in California to hurricanes along the Gulf Coast—have left communities without electricity for hours or even weeks at a time. Incidents like these have spurred cities to look more closely at how they plan for energy resilience in their emergency management preparations. Many turn to new approaches that use solar and battery storage technologies to provide greater reliability and economics than diesel generators.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office and support from the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the City and County of San Francisco and Sustainable CUNY at the City University of New York have completed in-depth feasibility studies on how to provide electricity to critical facilities like police and fire stations, hospitals, and shelters. Other communities now have the opportunity to learn from these leading cities and to use the practical tools, educational materials, and software they have developed.
New Solar Tools
Over the past three years, Solar Market Pathways, a U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office initiative, has supported 14 innovative solar projects around the country with the goal of increasing solar energy adoption by reducing the soft costs associated with solar. These projects have generated new online tools and how-to guides to help customers, developers, local governments, universities, and other stakeholders make well-informed decisions about solar energy.
From all the financial calculators, rooftop solar potential tools, manuals, checklists, and software, we’ve compiled some of the best resources to help those who want to learn more about community solar, energy resilience, new markets, solar for colleges and universities, and multi-family housing.
Pioneering Community Solar in Kansas City
Through the Partnership for Resilient Communities, Westside Housing is transforming a five-acre vacant lot in a predominantly Latino community into the Kansas City, MO's first community solar garden.
Overview of DG Hub + Resilient Solar Roadmap
Slides from Kathryn Wright's presentation, Overview of DG Hub + Resilient Solar Roadmap.
Solar + Battery Storage to Support Community Resilience
Slides from Deb Perry's presentation, Solar + Battery Storage to Support Community Resilience.
Solar PV and Storage Overview
Slides from Sherry Stout's presentation, Solar PV and Storage Overview.
Using Solar + Battery Storage to Support Community Resilience Agenda
This is the agenda for the Using Solar + Battery Storage to Support Community Resilience pre-National Adaptation Forum event.
Hartley Solar Plus Storage
Slides from Bret Pence and Dr. Alison Hoxie's presentation, Hartley Solar Plus Storage
Implementation Challenges and Resources
Slides from Kathryn Wright and Daniella Leifer's presentation, Implementation Challenges and Resources.
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