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Energy Careers Experience Program (Internship Program)

The Energy Careers Experience Program is offered through a partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Great Valley Center (GVC). The program places interns in PG&E offices throughout the Valley, providing the interns with career training in the energy sector. The goal of the program is to utilize the interns to educate and provide technical assistance to local farmers on energy efficient solutions that may help to reduce energy costs, improve sustainable practices, and build capacity within Central Valley communities. The files for download include information on how to apply to the internship and what the program is looking for in applicants.

Program Information
Workforce Development
WFD1 Publicize energy efficiency-focused workforce trainings and professional development resources to local technicians.
Great Valley Center
Great Valley Center. Energy Careers Experience Program. Available at http://www.greatvalley.org/work/energyclimate/agee_overview.
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Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN)

The Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) is a "first-stop shop" providing environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers and staff. LGEAN enables local officials to interact with their peers and others online. In an effort to reach all local governments, LGEAN also manages a toll-free telephone service that can be reached at 877-865-4326.

Online Resource
Policy
POL5 Ensure compliance and enforcement of federal, state, and local environmental and air quality regulations.
Local Government Environmental Assistance Network
Local Government Environmental Assistance Network . Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) website. Available at http://www.lgean.org/.
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Renewable Energy Development in Nye County Comprehensive Plan, NV

The Nye County Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2011 contains a section devoted to renewable energy resource development, specifically solar, geothermal, wind, and biomass. In addition to identifying suitable areas for development and incorporating wind resource estimate maps, the plan contains recommendations to increase responsible renewable energy development through policy, market leadership, and resource planning.

Report
Planning & Zoning
Z1 Integrate wind energy goals into long-term planning documents and strategic energy plans.
Z1 Incorporate bioenergy into long-term planning documents.
Z1 Incorporate geothermal energy into long-term planning documents.
Z1 Incorporate renewable energy goals and strategies into long-term planning documents, such as General Plans.
Nye County
Nye County . Nye County Comprehensive Master Plan. Published June 2011. Available at http://www.nyecounty.net/DocumentCenter/Home/View/14049.
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Sonoma County Water Agency’s Water Education Program

The Sonoma County Water Agency’s Water Education Program reaches thousands of students every year with lessons and materials on water conservation and stewardship of our local watersheds. Outreach is done in partnership with local municipalities and school districts.

Program Information
Market Development
M6 Design and implement a behavior-based energy and/or water conservation program.
Sonoma County Water
Sonoma County Water. Water Education Program. Published 2015. Available at http://www.scwa.ca.gov/education/.
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$6 Million Dollar Grant to Train Students for Careers in Water Supply and Wastewater Management

This article provides information on a developing partnership between West Valley College, nonprofit partners, and public agencies to provide water and wastewater career training. The grant, which was awarded by the California Department of Education, aims to offer "curriculum, internships, staff development, career planning and certificate programs" for a career pathway toward "high-wage jobs in the water supply and wastewater management industries."

Article
Workforce Development
WFD4 Partner with local industry, academic and workforce organizations to provide water efficiency training programs.
Khalida Sarwari/San Jose Mercury News
Khalida Sarwari/San Jose Mercury News. $6M Grant to Give Students Water, Wastewater Management Training. Published June 2015. Available at http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_25990612/6m-grant-give-students-water-wastewater-management-training .
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100% Renewable Energy Task Force Recommendations Report for San Francisco

In December 2010, the City of San Francisco announced its goal to meet 100% of its electricity demand with renewable power. The Mayor’s Renewable Energy Task Force was established in January 2011 to develop recommendations to help meet this goal within 10 years. This report outlines the major findings and recommendations of the Task Force, including a "reduce then produce" approach that places energy reduction goals before generation, and concludes that this goal is technically and economically feasible.

Report
Policy
Planning & Zoning
Z1 Incorporate clean energy goals into strategic planning initiatives.
POL1 Establish a renewable energy target for municipal facilities or offset a portion of municipal electricity usage with green power.
SF Environment
SF Environment. San Francisco Mayor’s Renewable Energy Task Force Recommendations Report. Published September 2012. Available at http://www.sfenvironment.org/sites/default/files/fliers/files/sfe_re_renewableenergytaskforcerecommendationsreport.pdf.
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100% Renewable Energy Usage Goal in San Jose, CA

The City of San Jose's Green Vision Plan is organized into ten broad sustainability goals whose progress is tracked in a yearly report, and incorporates a renewable energy generation target in its third goal, "Receive 100% of Our Electrical Power from Clean, Renewable Sources". In addition to intensifying solar development, the City plans to support the development of innovative technologies and evaluate the use of other clean energy sources, such as wind, water, geothermal, hydrogen, biomass, electrochemical and fuel cell technologies.

Codes & Policies
Planning & Zoning
POL1 Establish a renewable energy target for municipal facilities or offset a portion of municipal electricity usage with green power.
City of San Jose
City of San Jose. City of San Jose Green Vision Plan. Available at http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=2948.
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1BOG

One Block Off the Grid negotiates great deals on solar energy on behalf of homeowners and provides them with education and information on all their available options. After registering online, 1BOG calls to look at your electricity usage and check out your roof using satellite imagery. With this information 1BOG determines if the home is a good candidate for solar, works to get detailed quotes, and then walks you through the quote and answers your solar questions. Membership in the 1BOG program is free for homeowners.

Program Information
Financing Options
Solar Market Development
F7 Promote Availability of Existing Solar Finance Options and Evaluation Tools
One Block Off the Grid
One Block Off the Grid. 1BOG. Available at http://1bog.org/.
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2012 ICC Code Changes for PV

This document contains the new text from the 2012 IBC and IRC that affect photovoltaic installations. It is an excerpt from a 9 page report from SolarABCs - see the full document for a more detailed description of what these new provisions mean for PV installations. The focus is on installation requirements, materials requirements for modules, wind resistance, and fire classification.

Report
Permitting Process
P14 Understand New Solar-Specific Building, Electrical, and Fire Codes
P14-CA Understand New California Solar-Specific Building, Electrical, and Fire Codes (Title 24)
Solar America Board for Codes and Standards
Solar America Board for Codes and Standards. "Impacts on Photovoltaic Installations of Changes to the 2012 International Codes." Published May 2011. Available at http://www.solarabcs.org/about/publications/reports/2012Codes/index.html
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2012 National Fire Code Photovoltaic Provisions

Section 11.12 of the 2012 National Fire Code relates to the installation of photovoltaic systems. This code section, about 2 pages in length, provides guidelines for marking and labeling as well as access and pathways. The National Fire Code guidelines are very similar to the California State Fire Marshall guidelines, with a few minor additions. The text is not reproduced here due to copyright restrictions, but is available at the URL in the source section below.

Guideline
Permitting Process
P20 old Fire Department Design Guidelines
National Fire Protection Association
National Fire Protection Association. "NFPA 1: Fire Code, 2012 Edition." Published May 2011. Available at http://www.nfpa.org/aboutthecodes/AboutTheCodes.asp?DocNum=1#
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A Best Practice Guide to Energy Performance Contracts

A step-by-step guide for governments to implement energy performance contracting to reducing operating costs through guaranteed outcomes. EPC is when the capital cost of an EE retrofit project is paid off through the energy savings over time.

How-To Guide
Financing
F2 Publicize ability of energy savings performance contracts to finance commercial and municipal lighting upgrades.
M5 Explore public-private partnerships to install renewable energy systems at affordable housing developments.
Australian Department of Industry Science and Resources
Australian Department of Industry Science and Resources. A Best Practice Guide to Energy Performance Contracts. Published 1/1/2000. Available at http://www.eec.org.au/UserFiles/File/docs/Best%20Practice%20guide%20to%20EPC.pdf.
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A Guideline to Creating Green Jobs in America

This guide, published by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, provides step-by-step instructions to acquiring and sustaining green jobs for local governments and their communities. ICLEI chooses to define green jobs as career-wage employment opportunities that produce products and services that directly improve environmental quality. Specific information on "energy efficiency best practices" as well as "policies and initiatives," begins at the bottom of page 14. This Guide was developed based on the interest in this issue garnered from local government officials through the Green Jobs Pledge, sponsored by Mayor Martin Chavez of Albuquerque, NM, and former King County, WA, Executive Ron Sims.

How-To Guide
Workforce Development
WFD2 Partner with local industry, academic and workforce organizations to provide energy efficiency training programs.
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. Guide to Green Jobs Development. Published 05/29/2009. Available at http://www.icleiusa.org/action-center/planning/ICLEI_GreenjobsGuide.pdf.
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A Model of Collaborative Solar Purchasing: The Alameda County Renewable Energy Procurement Project

This case study of the Alameda County Regional Renewable Procurement Project provides an overview of the process through which Alameda County facilitated a collaborative solar purchasing effort across four counties, with an emphasis on best practices that could be used as a model by other public agencies and local government.

Case Study
Solar Market Development
M3 Explore Implementation of Collaborative Procurement Program for Municipal Facilities and Schools
F2 Publicize existing innovative financing models and tools available for clean energy projects.
Clean Energy States Alliance
Clean Energy States Alliance. A Model of Collaborative Solar Purchasing: The Alameda County Renewable Energy Procurement Project. Published 5/28/14. Available at http://www.cesa.org/assets/2014-Files/RREP-Case-Study.
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AB 2188 Fact Sheet

This is a 2-page fact sheet published by California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) which explains what AB 2188 is doing to streamline residential solar permitting in the state of California.

Fact Sheet
Permitting Process
CALSEIA
CALSEIA. AB 2188 Fact Sheet.
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AB 2188 Implementation Guide at the Local Level

In Sept. 2014, the California legislature passed AB 2188, mandating public agencies to adopt a local ordinance that standardizes and streamlines the solar permitting process. In doing so, agencies must substantially conform to the California Solar Permitting Guidebook. The first document is intended to provide guidance for policy implementation, which includes the statutory requirements of AB 2188, recommendations from the California Solar Permitting Guidebook, and a stand-alone model ordinance that complies with the requirements of the Solar Rights Act, as amended. The second document is an editable version of the model ordinance that is the template for a local ordinance.

How-To Guide
Permitting Process
Z8-CA (AB2188 Mandate) Adopt administrative ordinance to streamline permitting process
Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law
Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law. AB 2188: Implementation of the Solar Rights Act at the Local Level. Published 12/15/2014. Available at https://energycenter.org/sites/default/files/docs/nav/policy/research-and-reports/AB_2188_Implementation_Guide.pdf.
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AB 2514, Energy Storage Mandate in California

In October 2013, the CPUC adopted an energy storage procurement framework and established an energy storage target of 1,325 megawatts for PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E by 2020, with installations required no later than the end of 2024.

Codes & Policies
Utility Programs
U3 Set an energy storage procurement target or requirement for municipal utility.
California State Legislature
California AB 2514. Published September 2010. Available at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/electric/storage.htm.
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AB2188 Fact Page from the California Solar Energy Industries Association

This webpage summarizes the requirements of AB2188.

Fact Sheet
Permitting Process
P15-CA (AB2188 Mandate) Adopt An Expedited Solar Permitting Ordinance
CALSEIA
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AB2188 Model Ordinance

This model ordinance developed by the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law can be customized and implemented in your jurisdiction.

Template
Permitting Process
P15-CA (AB2188 Mandate) Adopt An Expedited Solar Permitting Ordinance
Center for Sustainable Energy
Center for Sustainable Energy. AB2188 Model Ordinance. Published 05/01/2015. Available at http://energycenter.org/permitting/guidebook/implementation.
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AB2188: Implementation of the Solar Rights Act at the Local Level

This document is intended to provide guidance for implementing AB2188 in substantial conformance with the California Solar Permitting Guidebook.

How-To Guide
Permitting Process
P15-CA (AB2188 Mandate) Adopt An Expedited Solar Permitting Ordinance
Center for Sustainable Energy
Center for Sustainable Energy. AB2188 Implementation Guide. Published 05/01/2015. Available at http://energycenter.org/sites/default/files/docs/nav/policy/research-and-reports/AB_2188_Implementation_Guide.pdf.
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Accessory Dwelling Unit Development Program and Zoning Regulations in Santa Cruz, CA

The City of Santa Cruz's zoning code regulates the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), which are allowed only on residentially zoned lots of 5,000 sq.ft. or greater, and must meet setback, height and parking requirements. The City's ADU Development Program is designed to encourage development of small-scale neighborhood compatible housing and to discourage the proliferation of poorly-constructed illegal ADUs. At the same time, construction of ADUs promotes infill development and sustainable land use patterns, resulting in transportation patterns which in turn reduce pollution.

Codes & Policies
Permitting
Planning & Zoning
Z5 Update zoning code to encourage transit-oriented development and urban infill.
City of Santa Cruz
City of Santa Cruz. Accessory Dwelling Units Zoning Regulations. Available at http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/departments/planning-and-community-development/programs/accessory-dwelling-unit-development-program.
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Accessory Dwelling Unit Fact Sheet for Planners

This brief guide highlights the benefits of accessory dwelling units, which are a particularly desirable housing option for many communities considering the current economic climate, changes in household size, increasing numbers of aging baby boomers, and the shortage of affordable housing choices. It also describes the issues and decision points that local governments must address in order to successfully navigate public resistance and concerns regarding their impact on communities.

Fact Sheet
Planning & Zoning
Z5 Update zoning code to encourage transit-oriented development and urban infill.
American Planning Association
American Planning Association. Quick Notes: Accessory Dwelling Units. Available at https://www.planning.org/pas/quicknotes/pdf/QN19.pdf.
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Accessory Dwelling Units Ordinance in Berkeley, CA

In March 2015, the Berkeley City Council approved changes to the city’s zoning rules to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as-of-right on lots of any size, up to 75% the square footage of the lot's primary dwelling, and eliminating the $2,000 administrative use permit for most secondary units. The updated zoning rules waive parking space requirments for secondary units within a quarter miles of Bay Area Rapid Transit stations. ADUs that do not meet the requirements outlined in the council agenda item may apply for administrative use permits.

Codes & Policies
Permitting
Planning & Zoning
Z5 Update zoning code to encourage transit-oriented development and urban infill.
City of Berkeley
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Additional Solar Training Resources for Code Officials and Inspectors

This 1 page sheet lists 9 different resources that are available for code officials and inspectors looking to advance their knowledge of solar PV. Included in the list are textbooks, free online courses, and in-person training courses.

Guideline
Permitting Process
P14 Understand New Solar-Specific Building, Electrical, and Fire Codes
P14-CA Understand New California Solar-Specific Building, Electrical, and Fire Codes (Title 24)
Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut. "Connecticut Rooftop Solar PV Permitting Guide." Published May 1, 2014. Available at http://energizect.com/communities/programs/Sun%20Rise%20New%20England
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Advantages of Reusing Contaminated Lands for PV Fact Sheet

EPA developed this 4 page fact sheet to promote the significant advantages of redeveloping potentially contaminated lands, landfills, and mining sites for renewable energy development, relative to other sites.

Fact Sheet
Solar Market Development
M6a Survey Brownfield Sites for Solar Development Opportunities
Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency. " Potential Advantages of Reusing Potentially Contaminated Land for Renewable Energy Fact Sheet." Publish date unknown, accessed April 2013. Available at http://www.epa.gov/oswercpa/
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Aggregated Solar Purchasing in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District

The case study of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District explains how the district leveraged aggregated purchasing and financing from the federal Qualified School Construction Bond Program to install solar carports at five schools in the district to meet 2/3 of the schools' electricity needs and save $11.6M over 20 years. The first hyperlink is a program overview and the second hyperlink shows the actual performance of the system as well as future savings projections.

Program Information
Solar Market Development
M4 old School Aggregation Program
M3 Explore Implementation of Collaborative Procurement Program for Municipal Facilities and Schools
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Solar Project Information webpage. Accessed July 2012. Available at http://www.srvusd.net/solar.
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