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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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LG&E/KU roll out new commercial solar program

The utility selected Kentucky-based Solar Energy Solutions, LLC, as its business partner.

LG&E and KU Energy on Thursday announced a new program to provide solar power to businesses and industrial facilities in Kentucky.

It’s the one that the utility has been working on since last year. In April, company officials said they wanted to tap the energy from the sun for larger businesses while ensuring that any extra costs won’t be subsidized by other customers.

Read the full article from the Courier-Journal.

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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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EPAD introduced in Louisville!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Media Contacts:

April 11, 2016                                                 Chris Poynter, 574-4546/396-2015

                                                                        Jean Porter, 574-2383/649-1426

Energy Project Assessment District proposed for Louisville

Establishes new way for eligible property owners to pay for energy efficient upgrades

 LOUISVILLE (April 11, 2016) – Eligible property owners would be able to make energy efficient upgrades on their buildings and pay for them through assessments, under a proposed ordinance pending before the Louisville Metro Council.

Mayor Greg Fischer said the proposal creating an Energy Project Assessment District, or EPAD, would allow property owners to acquire private financing to put in solar panels or water conservation measures, for example — and then repay the loans via an assessment collected by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, over a term of up to 20 years.

The ordinance is sponsored by Ninth District Councilman Bill Hollander.

This measure would remove a difficult barrier for many, Fischer said, given that energy efficient upgrades can be costly up front, while the energy savings comes over time. Financing energy projects also can be made difficult by short repayment periods, high or variable interest rates, stringent credit requirements and lack of equity. But EPAD assessments offer longer repayment terms and the ability to effectively improve overall property value and marketability.

“Reducing energy consumption is a key recommendation from Sustain Louisville, the city’s first comprehensive plan for ensuring an environmentally sound, vibrant and prosperous future for Louisville and its citizens,” Fischer said. “The long-term EPAD structure is a win-win for the community and for property owners who want to be good stewards of the environment but don’t always have the means to do so.”

Hollander agreed.  “EPAD is a smart program, which assists property owners to voluntarily carry out energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, without an investment of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “Because both property owners and the environment benefit, I have been happy to work on this ordinance.”

Hollander noted that Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey was instrumental in developing the proposed EPAD ordinance.

Such legislation is already in place in 32 states, many of which call it PACE, for Property Assessed Clean Energy. Kentucky approved enabling legislation allowing local governments to create EPADs last spring.

Maria Koetter, director of Sustainability for Louisville Metro Government, said her office has been working since last spring with experts, environmentalists and other stakeholders to establish an EPAD here.

“EPAD programs are quite successful nationally to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. We look forward to developing a local program that will help property owners save money on utility bills and help achieve the city’s energy conservation goals.”

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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/

LSC Action Opportunity -Support Renewable Energy in Kentucky!

The Louisville Sustainability Council’s Green Economy Action Team shares this opportunity to support HB229, the Clean Energy Opportunity Act.  Comment through March 5, 2015

What is Happening?

On Thursday March 5, 2015, the KY House Energy and Tourism Committee will hold a hearing on HB229, the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, to establish a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and feed-in tariff to encourage renewable energy development in Kentucky.

What Does this Mean for Sustainability?

  • A successful outcome will move HB 229 out of committee to the House floor for discussion and a vote.
  • The Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) will set a goal for increasing KY’s proportion of renewable energy in the energy mix (e.g., 5% by 2018, or similar).
  • The feed-in tariff will give a higher reimbursement for net-metered solar energy purchased to homeowners and businesses to install solar.
  • Greater diversification of KY’s energy mix to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will increase the security of KY’s economy, and improve health and quality of life.

How Can I Take Action?

  • Call the toll-free legislative message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181 to request that your own elected representative, as well as all members of the Energy and Tourism committee, support HB229.
  • Plan to attend the committee hearing on March 5th, 10am in room 131 of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort. Ask as many family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to come along as are interested! Contact info@louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org to be put in touch with others planning to carpool from Louisville.
  • For more details and supporting info about the bill, visit the Kentucky Sustainable Energy Alliance website at http://KySEA.org.

How Else Can I Get Involved?

Find out more about LSC Action Teams at http://louisvillesustainabilitycouncil.org/action-teams/