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Solar Power for Local Communities - DoE Guide

The US DoE has just published a comprehensive guide on solar power for local communities entitled Solar Powering your Community: A Guide for Local Governments

Michael 13:26, 26 October 2009 (EDT)

DoER Guidance Documents

I have placed just-published DoER guidance for several Green Communities requirements in the Municipal and the Planning & Zoning pages.

EECBG Grant Opportunity

Although not specifically a Green Communities opportunity, we did mention this program during our meeting last Satursday. The EECBG (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant) program will make funds available through competitive sub-grants to communities like Needham. See this item on the Funding page for details.

Project Team Meeting


  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 12th
  • Time: 10 am - 11 am (9 am also possible)
  • Place: 384 Webster St.


  • Michael - Yes
  • James Goldstein - Yes
  • Jane van Benten - Yes
  • Rick Gaudette - Yes
  • Jim Glickman - Yes

Planning Assistance Grant

A planning assistance grant was announced by the Green Communities Division of DoER in July. Recipients of the planning grants would be assitned consultants to work with them to help with the process of becoming a Green Community. The consultants would not help with meeting the specific requirements of the Green Communities designation. Rather they would help them municipality understand the requirements and build a plan to meet them.

I talked with both Mark Sylvia at the Green Communities Division as well as a principal in one of the consulting firms. While cost-free consultant time can always be used, the type of consulting seemed less than useful for us at this point. The short window to apply (August 7th, later extended to August 14th) was a problem, as was the requirement that the community, in its application, commit to meeting the Green Communities specifications. Since the Selectmen hadn't even discussed the issue at that point (we raised it formally on July 28th), it seemed unlikely we could submit an application in any case.

Note: Per Joyce Moss on 8/14, at least the following communities submitted grant requests:

  • Ludlow, Gardiner, Winchendon, Acton, Medway, Truro, Brookline, Lexington, Arlington, Lincoln, Concord (these last four may have submitted a joint regional application)

Initial Public Presentations

Michael Greis made an initial public presentation of the idea of becoming a Green Community on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at two meetings:

  • The Selectmen's Goals Summit
  • Planning Board Meeting