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SolSmart Issue Brief: Solar + Storage, A Guide For Local Governments

This SolSmart Issue Brief helps local governments understand and benefit from energy storage technologies. Community interest in solar energy coupled with storage is increasing, as storage technology rapidly becomes more cost effective and its benefits are more broadly recognized. This Issue Brief outlines: 1) The benefits of solar and energy storage for the electric grid and local governments; 2) Uses of solar and energy storage by local governments; 3) How to understand the feasibility and economics of storage within a community; 4) Key elements to include in requests for proposals (RFPs) involving energy storage; and 5) Resources for communities interested in implementing solar and energy storage.

Related Criteria

  • MDF-11a: Conduct feasibility analysis for solar PV plus storage on/at a critical local government facility.
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