August 2014 Edition
Park City and Summit County’s solar strategies shine bright in the Intermountain West
Far away from the East Coast’s renewable energy certificate markets and the cleantech capital of Silicon Valley, a handful of local governments in Utah are quietly—and quickly—becoming leaders in promoting clean energy development. Since joining the American Solar Transformation Initiative (ASTI) and the Solar Roadmap in April, Park City and Summit County have both made outstanding progress towards achieving their solar market development goals, including establishing a collaborative procurement program. Read full article>
Maryland moves solar forward through streamlined permitting, financing, and deployment
In Maryland, the ASTI team is helping to improve local solar market conditions and increase solar deployment by providing a range of on-the-ground technical assistance activities to communities that cumulatively impact over 32% of the state’s population.
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Take Action: How utilities can expedite solar interconnection applications
To cope with an increased volume of applications for distributed generation, many utilities have created multiple tracks, or “levels”, for interconnection. Solar Roadmap Goal I4 advocates for a leveled approach to processing applications, which allows utilities to reduce the workload on their engineering staff and provides the industry with a more transparent process.
Empower Your Community with Free Technical Assistance from ASTI
The American Solar Transformation Initiative offers hands-on technical assistance at no cost to participating communities to enable local solar market development. Optony’s team of industry-leading experts can provide technical assistance—in the form of educational webinars, individual consultations, peer networking opportunities, site feasibility assessments, market development program design, customization of model documents, and more—across the following areas:
▪ Planning & Zoning Regulations
▪ Financing Tools and Resources
▪ Innovative Deployment Programs
▪ Community Education & Outreach
▪ Utility Interconnection
▪ Local Market Development Strategies
For more information about how we can support your specific needs or to request assistance in any Solar Roadmap focus area, please email your assigned regional lead or ASTI@SolarRoadmap.com.