Links

Find links to key trade association, government, and nonprofit groups who are advocating for solar and renewable energy.

How-to Solar

  • Build It Solar: The Renewable Energy Site For Do-It-Yourselfers, www.builditsolar.com A good all-around solar educational site and not just for do-it-yourself installations or off-the-grid installations, provides great links as well

  • Sunshot Initiative, energy.gov/eere/sunshot/homebuilders U.S. Department of Energy initiative to drive research, manufacturing, and market solutions for solar in the U.S.

  • Solar, Wind, Biomass, Water Videos, www.solar-estimate.org/index.php?page=videos Short video excerpts from “This Renewable House” which aired on PBS stations across California.

  • Home Builder`s Guide to Going Solar

Community, Utility, and Governments Solar Solutions

  • A Guide to Community Solar: Utility, Private, and Non-profit Project Development (Book), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/49930.pdf- 2951.8KB – NRELDesigned as a resource for those who want to develop community solar projects, from solar energy advocates and community organizers to government officials or utility managers.

  • Innovations in Voluntary Renewable Energy Procurement: Methods for Expanding Access and Lowering Cost for Communities, Governments, and Businesses. www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/54991.pdf  Guide explores five innovative options for voluntarily procuring renewable energy generation or systems.

  • Regulatory Considerations Associated with the Expanded Adoption of Distributed Solar www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/60613.pdf

  • Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments, Second Edition, January 2011 (Book), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), www.nrel.gov/docs/fy11osti/47692.pdf  DOE designed this guide to assist local government officials and stakeholders in designing and implementing strategic local solar plans.

Solar Incentives & Financing

  • DSIRE Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, www.dsireusa.org/ Great resource with interactive map, has both state incentives and federal incentives

  • Solar Power Rocks, www.solarpowerrocks.com More digestible than DSIRE, site offers an interactive map with a state “solar report card”, rate-of-return, and a useful eBook guide for those desiring a solar installation on their home

  • Your Solar Estate, www.solar-estimate.org/pdfs/your-solar-estate.pdf  Explains finances and processes for solar and what homeowners should consider when planning their energy future

  • Energy Tax Incentives, EnergyTaxIncentives.org

  • Residential Solar Photovoltaics: Comparison of Financing Benefits Innovations and Options

  • Report examines relatively new, innovative financing methods for residential photovoltaics (PV) and compares them to traditional self-financing.

  • Borrower’s Guide to Financing Solar Energy Systems

  • Customer`s Guide to Solar Power Purchase Agreements

Solar Advanced Education & Technical Information

Energy Efficiency

Green Building Design

  • US Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org/LEED/  Organization for LEED certification in green building leadership. Rating systems, credits, levels of certification, and tools

  • Kentucky US Green Building Council, www.usgbckentucky.org/  State chapter

  • Passive House Institute US, www.phius.org/home-page Passive buildings cut energy use by 60-80 percent compared to code buildings. Information on certification, training, and events.

  • Passive House Institute, www.passiv.de/en/index.php About passive house, certification, seminars, literature and tools

  • Whole Building Design Guide, www.wbdg.org/resources/rpindex.php Resource pages written by industry experts that explain standards, technologies, and emerging issues relevant to the subject, and links to internal pages and external websites, publications, and points of contact

  • ToolBase.org, ToolBase.org An extensive online resource offering product descriptions, design & construction guides, best practices, performance reports, case studies, and other resources.

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