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Solar Planning for Governments

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Elevate develops solar planning strategies with state and local governments, bringing together intergovernmental agencies, community members, advocates, utilities, and industry leaders to develop meaningful solutions and practical energy plans.

We facilitate collaboration to identify unique community needs and existing resources, often acting as a bridge between residents and public agencies to create sustainable, equitable projects. Our services include:

Elevate has completed projects on neighborhood, municipal, county, regional, and statewide scales, as well as provided technical assistance, facilitation, and research for the U.S. Dept. of Energy and U.S. Energy Laboratories.

Solar Planning Experience: City of Chicago Renewable Strategy Planning

Elevate facilitated the Renewable Chicago Project, led by the Mayor’s Office in 2017. The project engaged internal and external stakeholders to inform the development of renewable energy deployment strategies to meet the Mayor’s commitment to power the City’s more than 900 buildings with renewable energy by 2025. Read the Renewable Chicago final report (PDF).

Solar Planning Experience: Community Solar for Cook County

Elevate was the project manager and facilitator for the Cook County Community Solar Project, launched through a grant from the U. S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. This final report summarizes the findings that include a market assessment, feasibility assessment, 15 project-level case studies, valuation analysis, bill crediting analysis and more. Read the final report.

Solar Planning Tools

We have multiple tools and resources available to support you with solar planning.

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