Gainesville got CLEAN – and so can your city

Wed, 2014-02-26 06:00 -- SCC Staff

As renewable energy costs decrease and the need to combat climate change increases, cities are at the forefront of more efficient, more sustainable and more reliable power systems. The Clean Coalition is helping them.

The Coalition is a nonprofit working to accelerate America’s transition away from an outdated energy system built around large, centralized, fossil-fueled power plants and miles of inefficient transmission lines; and toward a modern energy system where smaller-scale, efficient, renewable energy projects deliver affordable and reliable power to communities.

One city leading the way – and reaping rewards – is Gainesville Florida. In 2009 Gainesville launched a CLEAN program (also known as a feed-in tariff) to spur the development of local solar energy. According to Clean Coalition, since the program's inception the city Gainesville has:

    • Brought over 15 megawatts of solar energy online
    • Developed an installed solar capacity per capita total that is more than triple the U.S. average
    • Created 300 local jobs
    • Seen energy prices rise less than 1% or about a dollar per month

Want to learn more? The Coalition's Local CLEAN Program Guide (LCPG) details the success of existing CLEAN Programs and includes step-by-step instructions on how to create a CLEAN Program. Another resource is the CLEAN Resource Hub which provides free tools to help city leaders, utilities and advocates embrace local renewable energy.


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