Considering installing solar on a municipal facility? During this FREE hour-long webinar, you will learn from the experiences of San Jose, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Tucson, Arizona. These three cities – all Solar America Cities – have city-run solar programs and have successfully installed solar on city-owned facilities.

San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, installed 1.3 MW of solar on a city-facility through a power-purchase agreement. The city learned from several failed RFPs, and eventually negotiated a 20-year agreement to purchase power from the installation.

The City of Milwaukee’s solar program, Milwaukee Shines, has worked to increase solar electric and solar thermal installations on various city facilities. Installations were followed up with operations and maintenance trainings for city staff and include monitoring for long-term energy analysis and optimal energy production. The city has also used installations on city facilities to build the local solar market, using them as training opportunities for new installers and utilizing the local the monitoring information as a teaching and marketing tool for the general public and Milwaukee’s growing solar industry.

Tucson, in the heart of the Sonoran Desert –one of the most solar rich places in the United States –has made use of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) to finance large-scale installations on municipal facilities. The city leveraged a 13-year bond totaling $7.6 million to fund seven projects, including installations at two community centers, and a reclaimed water reservoir.

You and your staff will learn about:
  • Considerations for writing a solar RFP for municipal installations
  • The importance of building partnerships with utilities and the private sector
  • Financing mechanisms that have helped make municipal solar installations possible.

This is a free webinar thanks to funding from the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative. Learn more about SunShot and DOE's efforts to expand safe, readily available, and inexpensive solar energy across the nation by the end of the decade by visiting

Session Information
"On Demand" provides you with online access of the recording for 90 days. CD-ROM provides you with a permanent recording of the event. Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your CD once the live event date has concluded.
NOTE: CD-ROM purchase not available for free programs
Date Presented:
January 24, 2012 1:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
Registration Fee:
Free Webinar: Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities
Speaker Information
Amy Heart   [ view bio ]
Ashwini Kantak   [ view bio ]
Bruce Plenk   [ view bio ]
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