New NREL Solar Project Development Tools & Training Resources for Local Governments
EPA, DOE and NREL are working together to support the growth of solar power generation.
Last week, on April 25, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a webinar to learn more about resources focused on municipalities developing solar photovoltaic projects! EPA is working with the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support local governments in meeting their environmental and energy goals through greater utilization of solar energy projects that serve municipal operations. If your local government is considering developing solar projects over the next two years, view this webinar to learn about how your municipality can take advantage of the resources that EPA will offer, how to participate in peer exchanges and workshops featuring experienced local government officials and industry experts, and how to be recognized by sharing your own project development experiences.
Access the webinar presentations here (PDF).
EPA also introduced the new Local Government Solar Project Portal which serves as a hub for accessing resources and recognizing municipal government progress towards developing solar projects through each step of the project development pathway. Local governments will find project development resources and opportunities to learn from industry experts and their peers.
The Local Government Solar Project Portal provides solar project development tools and resources to aid local governments through each step of solar project development pathway. Simultaneously, NREL is developing training resources for municipalities seeking to deploy solar technologies on their facilities. Local governments seeking to build solar projects to serve their municipal operations can find these training assistance videos as well as many other targeted resources to help local governments achieve their environmental, energy and economic goals related to solar project development through EPA’s Local Government Solar Project Portal.
NREL will also be posting these resources for local governments to its website, where it offers resources to local governments seeking to go solar. In support of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, these resources aim to increase the deployment of midscale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions, and empower decision makers.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a Brightfield is an abandoned or contaminated property that is redeveloped through the incorporation of solar energy, which can be many different types of solar applications including photovoltaic arrays. Brightfield development leads to economic development, environmental cleanup and improved air quality by bringing pollution free solar energy and high tech manufacturing jobs to brownfield sites. A Brightfield's current or desired use is for solar energy production, or it has been professionally designated as suitable for use as a productive solar site; typically verified by one or more third-party reports. Ready Brightfields have some, if not all, utility infrastructure already in place or may simply be near utility lines amenable to solar power distribution. Use the Brightfield tag on BL as one of the many tags in our handy Taxonomy to post any kind of property, project, RFP, RFQ or RFI or planning effort where the solar is relevant