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Support Solar Over Louisville on September 15th with Give Local Louisville

On September 15, 2016 the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) is participating in Give Local Louisville, a 24-hour online giving day created to inspire people to give generously to the nonprofits that make our community a better place to live.

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Your donations will support the Louisville Sustainability Council’s mission to make Louisville a leader in sustainability.  This year most of the funds raised for the LSC through Give Local Louisville will directly support our Solar Over Louisville campaign.

The mission of Solar Over Louisville is to promote the use of solar energy in Louisville through education and advocacy. It seeks to make Louisville a leading city in solar policies, applications, and installations.

You can donate at any time on September 15th by going to the following link: https://givelocallouisville.org/npo/louisville-sustainability-council

As a direct result of the community interest in solar reflected in the LSC’s Green Economy Action Team, the LSC formed Solar Over Louisville. Solar Over Louisville was formed to address a simple question: Why is solar so difficult for Louisville residents?

Imagine the process today for a typical Louisville resident that wants to see if solar is right for them.  They have to wade through confusing technical information, follow a confusing and contradictory permitting process, and absorb soft costs that make solar more expensive.

Compare this to a typical German resident, where solar is 3x more cost effective and typically takes half the time to install.  Given that Kentucky actually has more solar resource available than Germany, the only difference between the two is policy and transparent information.  SOL seeks to make Louisville a leader in using the resources that we already have in a cost-effective way.

Solar soft costs breakdownThe image above shows the national average “soft costs” breakdown of solar energy. Louisville’s cumbersome permitting process, lack of solar workforce development programs, and limited customer education drive up the cost of solar systems. SOL aims to reduce these costs through policy advocacy and market improvements.  

SOL envisions a Louisville where solar is a viable and cost-effective option for every resident.  We work to enable an efficient solar marketplace through smart policy and easily-accessible information for Louisville residents.

Help the LSC and SOL to turn Louisville from a solar laggard to a solar leader! Your donation to LSC and SOL will support our solar workshops, community education programs, and much more!

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More free workshops: Is Solar Right for Me?

Solar Over Louisville presents a free workshop series:

“Is Solar Right for Me?”

Have you considered installing solar energy at your home or business or would you like to learn more about solar energy benefits and why it is a great investment today? The cost of solar energy has fallen dramatically, and with available tax credits and financing options. Many people find that they can install and begin saving money from day one. Solar offers many additional benefits: it improves health and air quality, reduces carbon emissions, creates jobs, boosts the local economy, and increases energy security and resilience by diversifying the energy mix.

Each workshop will feature a presentation by local experts on the technology and benefits of rooftop solar installations for homes and businesses. The presentation will include an explanation of net metering and other financial benefits of being a solar owner.  There will be ample time allotted for questions and answers. This is an informational workshop sponsored by the Louisville Sustainability Council.

Bring friends and family members with you!

The workshop will be presented on four dates at the following locations:

• Thursday, June 9, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Middletown Library
• Wednesday, June 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Main Library
• Wednesday, June 22, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Crescent Hill Library
• Thursday, June 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Okolona Library
• Tuesday, August 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, St. Matthews Library
• Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Portland Library
• Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Shawnee Library
• Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Bon Air Regional Library

For more information contact SOL@louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org or visit Solar Over Louisville on www.facebook.com/SolarOverLouisville/.

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Solar Over Louisville Launches under a Sunny Sky

March 8, 2016

Approximately 75 people enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the roof of Copper & Kings, in view of a rooftop solar array, as Mayor Fischer, Representative Hollander, and the Louisville Sustainability Council announced the launch of Solar Over Louisville’s effort to install 2 MW of solar power in 2016.

Find out more about Solar Over Louisville here.

Event press coverage:

Louisville launches solar energy advocacy, education initiative (WFPL)

Solar Over Louisville Launches Green Bid (Courier-Journal)

Mayor Fischer announces launch of Solar Over Louisville (WLKY)

Sol Shine: New campaign seeks to up Louisville’s solar power usage  (Insider Louisville)

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Join Solar Over Louisville on March 8, 2016!

Exciting things are happening with Solar Over Louisville!

  • Join us for the SOL launch event at Copper & Kings ( 1111 E Washington St) at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Join the LSC, SOL staff and volunteers, Metro Council Members, Mayor Fischer, and others as we celebrate the official launch of Solar Over Louisville.
  • New SOL Program Manager: Paul Brooks has joined SOL as Program Manager. In this part-time, temporary position, Paul will implement the plan for accomplishing SOL’s goals. Paul has engineering and business training and was most recently with the KY Department for Energy Development and Independence.
  • New logo! The new SOL logo features our river and downtown skyline under a bright orange sun. Its striking colors and clear message should spark interest and recognition throughout the community.

Want to get involved?
Whether you wish to help move the SOL program forward or to initiate a solar project of any scale, we want to hear from you. There are many volunteer activities and sub-committees within SOL, including:

  • Education and outreach
  • Financial development
  • Public relations and communications
  • Realizing project goals

Please contact Paul Brooks at SOL@louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org.  All kinds of talent are needed! And if you’re interested in a solar project, we can point you in the right direction to get started.

Why solar?
Renewable energy is an integral part of a sustainable, prosperous and healthful Louisville. And solar energy is available to us right here, right now, and at reasonable cost. With actionable support for solar energy, LSC is looking toward our community’s bright future.

Visit us at http://louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org/projects/solar-over-louisville/

Louisville Sustainability Council partners with City to Participate in Leadership STAR Community Program

Louisville Sustainability Council partners with City to Participate in Leadership STAR Community Program

Tuesday January 14, 2014

With the goal of becoming nationally certified as a sustainable community, Louisville has been selected to be mentored through the non-profit, Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating (STAR) Communities, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.

Louisville is one of 19 cities to be given the honor. The city’s Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Louisville Sustainability Council, which will play a vital role in the STAR data collection and management process. Communities with certification receive national recognition and are seen as leaders in city sustainability.

Sustain Louisville, the city’s environmental plan, identified STAR as the primary benchmarking tool that would provide a new way to measure Louisville’s sustainability strengths and needs. STAR will help collect information that will provide the basis for 44 sustainability metrics, such as green market development, community water systems, and indoor air quality.

“This program is the perfect complement to the city’s continuous improvement efforts and will give us a measurable way to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability,” Fischer said.

STAR is the nation’s first standardized framework for evaluating the sustainability of cities. Its comprehensive set of local environmental, economic and social metrics was developed by more than 200 technical experts in order to drive competition and continuous improvement in city sustainability results and practices.

“We pursued the STAR program because it provides a methodology that will help ensure our sustainability goals are measurable as well as elevate our sustainability efforts on a national level,” said city sustainability director Maria Koetter. “We were fortunate to receive a scholarship from STAR Communities and funding from the Louisville Sustainability Council to make participation possible. Joining STAR marks another milestone to make Louisville among the greenest cities in the country.”

Louisville received a $10,125 scholarship, and Louisville Sustainability Council is contributing $1,875 for the city to participate in the program.

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STAR Communities helps cities and counties achieve meaningful sustainability through the first national framework for local community efforts. Incorporated in Washington, DC, our mission is to advance a national framework for sustainable communities through the delivery of standards and tools built by and for local governments and the communities they serve.