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Developing Municipal Solar Projects Requires a Deft Political Hand

by Michael Puttre, Solar Industry Mag | Nov 4, 2013

Solar projects for municipal customers are typically on a similar scale as those for commercial enterprises but come with their own sets of rules. Developers seeking to serve this active and growing market must master a rigorous and often long procedure-driven process. Moreover, this process is by definition under intense and even skeptical public scrutiny because such projects are financed by taxes and bonds.

Successful developers of solar projects for municipal customers report that preparing their own organizations for the effort is essential to play, let alone score winning bids and profitable outcomes. Such efforts include acquiring in-house expertise in public works that are specific to the style of county, city or town government involved. Securing local partners and project champions are also vital for successfully navigating the rules of the game.

Successful developers of solar projects for municipal customers report that preparing their own organizations for the effort is essential to play, let alone score winning bids and profitable outcomes. Such efforts include acquiring in-house expertise in public works that are specific to the style of county, city or town government involved. Securing local partners and project champions are also vital for successfully navigating the rules of the game.

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Yuma Organizations Putting Sun to Good Use

by JOYCE LOBECK, Yuma Sun | Oct 19, 2013

The Yuma City Council has approved a power purchase agreement with REC Solar Inc. to develop a 549-kilowatt system at the Desert Dunes Water Reclamation Facility and the same size system at Agua Viva Water Treatment Plant.

“Absolutely ... it’s a big win for the city,” said Ricky Rinehart, city operations administrator. “It helps predict power costs for the two facilities over the next 20 years.”

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Solarize SLO Creates Jobs for San Luis Obispo Residents

by Staff, KVEC | Oct 11, 2013

In just two months, Solarize San Luis Obispo County has successfully created local jobs and helped 43 homeowners start saving by switching their homes to solar.

Two local non-profits, the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) and the Community Environmental Council (CEC), partnered to bring this limited-time program to San Luis Obispo County. The program launched on Aug. 1 with the goal of making the switch to solar power simple and affordable for county residents while stimulating the local economy.

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