This tutorial was provided by icma, the international city county management association and is funded through the US Department of Energys Solar Outreach Partnership. For more information, visit solar outreach dot org Our utility, wanted to build a peaking plant and the community said, we really dont want you to do that. We think we can reduce our peak load demand, instead of just building more capacity.
The utility called our bluff and said, you think so? im gonna bring you all and were gonna sit around a table until we figure this out. A lot of it too, was us also saying, this is whatIshould do and empowering each other to really take on our own leadership. And what each of these community leaders could do with their own leadership by example opportunities. We got to a high point of alignment on big picture goals.
For clean energy independence in the region. So I came back from a trip, I went in to see our Mayor and said, Mayor, why arent we on this list? He said,Thatd be a good job for you. When we first started solar planning, we looked at various different sites. And then, we were ready to move fast. We really struggled to find somebody to work with us, to do this third party public private.
Partnership that could really design it, build it, finance it, operate it and maintain it for 20 years. Thats really what we were looking for. So we chose a 200 thousand watt system, two tenths of a Meg. The whole idea was to see how this thing works. Does it offset power? Does it really generate the revenues that you say it’s going to do. In our model, our business model, we were able to offer no money up front.
This was all done real low impact. These weigh about 20 pounds each and are made of recycled tires. We did not do any digging. All the panels were walked out and hand placed. Very low impact. Theres even grass growing underneath. When we stood out here and did our press conference it matched all the things that we were saying about sustainability just by taking a picture of it.
The important thing that a community should go ahead and do is just prepare that process. Because you could get a request for solar but you just dont know how to handle it administratively. By adding the historic guidelines brings attention to the fact that it is a possibility for our historic areas. Because there are a lot of misconceptions in historic districts. The other solar project is a pretty big roof top array and its on a depression era factory.
It is visible from one of the arterials that goes past it. Weve been able to accommodate renewable energy in the historic district without detracting from the historic qualities that were trying to preserve. The point of the workshop, Solar 101 workshops: what solar was, how it worked, why you would even think about putting it on your roof, what it costs and if you did want to put it up what resources were available. .
Two of the early things that we did were code enforcement training and then inspector training. There was this best practice of third party financing and it was pretty much the only viable way that a municipality could put up solar without having to front the cost themselves. So, we achieved a model that did succeed in getting this leverage of private capital and the incentives and benefits while transferring the risk and maintenance and the operations concerns to a private party.
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This podcast has been recorded and provided by icma the International City/County Management Association and is funded through the US Department of Energy’s Solar Outreach Partnership for more information visit solaroutreach The point of the workshop, We called them solar 101 workshops,.
What solar was, how it works, why even think about putting it on your roof what it costs, and if you did want to put it up what resources were available. Two of the early things that we did were code enforcement training and.
Then inspector training. There was this best practice of thirdparty financing and it was pretty much the only viable way that a municipality could put up solar without having to front the cost themselves.
So we achieved a model that did succeed in getting this leverage of private capital and the incentives and the benefits while transferring the risk and the maintenance and the operations concerns to a private party.