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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

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Community solar

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.

In regards to funding, community solar can be financed through third party ownership models or Power Purchase Agreements if your city has not budgeted for this already.

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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.

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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

Tie available public land to a PPA contract

An agreement is made to host solar on public property (on ground space, roof space, or in parking lots) and purchase all generated power by the system. No upfront costs are involved with PPAs.

Get predictable electric rates

Under a PPA, electricity costs will either be a fixed, first-year price (in $/kWh) which will typically escalate annually at some pre-determined percentage, or it will be fixed for the life of the contract.

Third party owns energy systems

The third party owner of your system (e.g., the solar developer and its investors) agrees to finance, install, own, and operate the PV system for some agreed-upon term, typically 20 years

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.

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