Energy Solutions for Municipalities
Learn how community solar, large scale energy storage, and other energy solutions could benefit your county
Understanding how your city uses energy
Every city has different energy needs, often dictated by the local climate or socioeconomic factors. However, when evaluating whether efficiency upgrades make sense for your municipality, it’s important to understand the sectors that use the most energy in your city.
Energy usage by sector in US cities
The best energy solutions for municipalities
A big problem for cities across the nation has been electric grid resilience. One way to hedge against this is to invest in community solar for your city. Installing a large amount of solar (usually over 1 MW and up) will generate clean, renewable power which can then be fed into your local utility grid. For cities with sectors that use a lot of power or cities with old energy infrastructure, the impact can be huge.
Solar carports / canopies
Recently, local governments have invested in solar carports as a means to generate onsite power for their buildings and provide shade for their constituents. For buildings with very little available roof space or ground space nearby, installing solar carports is a great way to derive economic value from public parking lots.
Battery energy storage
Installing solar panels is a great first step in improving your community’s grid resilience, but the next step is integrating bulk battery energy storage. Your utility grid may not be able to handle the huge influx of solar power at one time, so a way to control that is to use batteries to store excess solar power, which can then be drawn upon when it’s needed most (such as in the summer, when in certain parts of the US, air conditioners are very stressed). Batteries can act as backup power as well.
How municipalities can take advantage of PPAs to fund large renewable energy projects
Take action to make your community more sustainable and resilient
With the price of solar power dropping, now is the time to invest in a more resilient option to fortify your county’s utility infrastructure. Partner with EnergyLink to design, build, and fund the best economically viable energy solutions for you.