Resources

Below is a list of resources for solar, biomass, hydroelectric, and wind energy.

Solar

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  • Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) Community Solar Toolbox: This page helps communities and community members understand common models and approaches to community solar in Vermont and provides helpful best practices, case studies, and resources.
  • Solar Land Lease Issues checklist from the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and Leasing Municipal and Private Property for Solar fact sheet from the Solar Foundation: both resources contain information that may be useful to Vermonters considering leasing their land for solar development.
  • Vermont Solar Consumer Guide from Renewable Energy Vermont and the Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power from the Solar Energy Industries Association.
  • NREL - IMBY: IMBY was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to help individuals estimate the electricity they can produce with a solar photovoltaic (PV) array at their home or business. Homeowners, businesses, and researchers use IMBY to develop quick estimates of renewable energy production at locations throughout the U.S. IMBY uses a map-based interface to allow you to choose the exact location of your PV array. Based on your location, system size, and other variables, IMBY estimates the electricity production you can expect from your system.
  • NREL - Open PV Project: The Open PV Project is a collaborative effort between government, industry, and the public that is compiling a comprehensive database of photovoltaic (PV) installation data for the United States. Data for the project are voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including utilities, installers, and the general public. The data collected is actively maintained by the contributors and are always changing to provide an evolving, up-to-date snapshot of the US solar power market.
  • DOE's Solar America Communities program is committed to developing a sustainable solar infrastructure that removes market barriers and encourages the adoption of solar energy by residents and businesses in local communities. The objective is to develop comprehensive approaches that lay the foundation for a viable solar market and provide a model for communities throughout the United States. The Solar America Communities Outreach Partnership will bring the lessons learned and best practices from the Solar America Cities partnerships to communities across the United States.US DOE/EERE - Solar Energy Technologies Program: The Solar Energy Technologies Program focuses on developing cost-effective solar energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation.
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) provides comprehensive information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote solar energy. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Program, DSIRE provides solar-specific policy information to consumers, policy makers, businesses, utilities, researchers and other stakeholders.

 

Biomass

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Hydropower

Vermont Small Hydropower Assistance Program

The draft screening criteria, combined stakeholder comments, and summary of comments with reply comments are also available.

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Wind

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  • DOE Wind Powering America Program: Wind Powering America is a nationwide initiative designed to increase the use of wind energy across the United States by working with regional stakeholders. State-by-state breakdowns of wind resource potential, success stories, installed wind capacity, news, events, and other resources are updated regularly.
  • Small Wind Energy News is a website from the folks at IREC designed to keep readers up-to-date on the latest news and resources for small wind.
  • Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC): The SWCC, an independent organization, assesses and issues certificates and consumer labels for the performance and safety of small wind turbines in accordance with criteria established in the AWEA Standard. The website describes the process and includes sortable listings for certified turbines and pending applications. The website was designed to give consumers, applicants and stakeholders a more robust set of resources to aid in the development of the small wind market.
  • Potential Wind Capacity Maps: From the U.S. Department of Energy WINDExchange page.
  • Governors' Wind Energy Coalition - a bipartisan group of the nation's governors who are dedicated to the development of the nation's wind energy resources to meet America's domestic energy demands in an environmentally responsible manner'while reducing the nation's dependence on imported energy sources and stimulating state and national economic development. See the GWC's recent wind energy recommendations to the President and Congress:
  • Materials from NEWF and NEWEEP:  The land-based portion of the NWRC builds on two previous projects, the New England Wind Forum (NEWF) and the New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP). Materials from these projects are archived on this webpage.