In this webinar, presented live on February 16, 2022, we learned all about city procurement for solar subscriptions and green power purchasing programs for your community.
9:00am - Welcome and Introductions
9:15 - Peter Lindstrom, CERTs Manager of Public Sector & Community Engagement - UMN Extension RSDP
- Overview of Community Solar Gardens and Green Power Purchasing options
9:25 - Timothy Denherder-Thomas, General Manager - Cooperative Energy Futures
9:45 - Jen McLoughlin, Sustainability Specialist - City of Woodbury
- Community Solar Gardens case study
10:10 - Travis Schmidt, General Manager - Moorhead Public Service
- City energy portfolio
- Capture the Sun program
- Recent changes to and what's on the horizon for Community Solar Gardens and low income Minnesotans
10:45 - Q&A and Open Discussion
11:00am - Close
View the workshop recording:
View the slides and additional materials:
- Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)
- Guide to Purchasing Green Power (2018, US DOE, EPA, WRI, CRS, NREL)
- Xcel Energy
- Renewable Energy Programs (Renewable*Connect, Solar*Rewards, Windsource, etc.)
- Cooperative Energy Future - Community Solar
- Moorhead Capture the Wind Success Story (CERTs, 2004)
- City of Moorhead Sustainability
- Just Solar Coalition
Best Practice Actions related to this topic:
- 15.2 - Purchase energy used by city government - via the municipal utility, green tags, community solar garden, 3rd party - with a higher renewable percentage than required by Minnesota law.
- 26.2 Promote resident/business purchases and/or generation of clean energy by:
- a. Promoting a local utility's green power purchasing program that allows residents/businesses to order/buy new renewable energy.
- b. Creating and sharing a map of the community’s solar resource and/or linking to the Minnesota Solar Suitability App.
- c. Connecting residents/businesses with the Solar Directory for potential installers.
- d. Hosting a community-wide solar bulk-buy program or campaign (also called "solarize" programs).
- 26.4 Support a community solar garden or help community members participate in a community solar project by:
- a. Serving as a host site for a community solar garden.
- b. Facilitating development, by the municipal utility or other entity, of a community solar garden for residents.
- c. Participating in a community solar garden to ensure accessibility and availability to low-income residents.
Register for upcoming GreenStep Cities and Tribal Nations workshops here. You do not need to be a GreenStep community to attend.
Visit the GreenStep Cities and Tribal Nations program website at www.mngreenstep.org.
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