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As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

In a few weeks, the largest solar plant of its kind in the world will start producing power in California’s Mojave Desert. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will supply both Northern and Southern California, inching the state one step closer to its ambitious renewable energy goal.

But like many of the large solar projects being built in the Mojave, Ivanpah ran into delays and controversy over its environmental impact. Now, in an effort to streamline the process, state officials are trying to broker an agreement between conservation groups and solar companies on a path forward for renewable energy.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Installing Solar Power on Agency Facilities

As the cost of installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on agency facilities has declined over the past few years, local agencies are considering the benefits.

Solar PV systems convert sunlight to electricity and offer opportunities to reduce energy costs, save taxpayer dollars, save energy and increase sustainability. Asking the right questions can help make the project a success.

The information provided here is a starting point; local officials are encouraged to consult their legal, financial and public works staff as they move ahead.

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Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & CHP

Information on CHP market studies including qualitative and quantitative assessments of national, state, regional, and local trends related to clean heat and power deployment

Information on the operation of the CHP system at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina

Combined Heat and Power Resource Guide, September 2005

Illinois Green Fleets

Alternative Fuels Programs

Renewable Energy Disaster Relief Fund (REDRF)

Florida Solar Energy Center response to Hurricane Katrina

Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost and Performance Trends 2007

Demand response programs in California

Renewable Energy and Energy Assurance Planning for Local Governments

Renewable energy can play a significant role in energy assurance planning by helping to ensure energy continuity, stabilize energy costs, and offset supply disruptions.

Advancements in renewable energy technologies, such as solar photovoltaic and wind turbines, have created unprecedented opportunities for local governments to incorporate renewables into their energy portfolios.

By harnessing renewable energy resources, local governments build energy resilience and reduce reliance upon fossil fuels. Renewable energy systems can also provide backup power for critical infrastructure facilities during an energy emergency.

This LEAP publication from PTI outlines the potential role of renewables in local government energy assurance planning and discusses the benefits, risks, and implementation challenges of various renewable energy technologies.

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California Energy Commission & U.S. Dept. of Energy

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