There are plenty of ways to be a good neighbor: pick up the mail when they're out of town, don't make too much noise at night, return a lost pet. But we think there's one tactic that stands above the fray: convince your neighbor, or several neighbors, to install a solar home energy system. Here are few ways to turn your neighborhood into a solar generation hot spot, starting with the most obvious.
Recognizing the growing demand for community solar solutions, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has produced a Community Renewable Power Proposal (PDF). The proposal lays out best practices and rules for what could be a policy guide to "co-investment in local renewable power facilities".
Regardless of its many advantages, we’ll be among the first to admit that solar power isn’t exactly a renter-friendly technology. Whether you live in an apartment, condo or multi-family home, the prospect of installing a solar panel array, however attractive, is for the most part dimmed by the temporality of your residence. However, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has a program on offer for renters and others who do not currently reside in a single-family home, with an interest in going solar.
Las Vegas city officials just announced a new plan to install solar panels on dozens of carports throughout the city as part of a solar initiative funded by stimulus money. Of the $11 million in question, a little over $1 million is from the Community Development Block Grant, a HUD program intended to create economic opportunity ("jobs", in English) and improve living conditions for moderate or low-income populations. The first 34 carports will be installed at a Vegas community center next year.