Getting Started

Get Started

The procurement guidance is designed to help city governments effectively and efficiently understand processes, tools and best practices for purchasing renewable energy. It provides a high-level understanding of five different, commonly-available methods that a local government might use to purchase renewable electricity:

  • On-Site Solar
  • Physical Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)
  • Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (vPPAs)
  • Community Solar
  • Green Tariffs

Given the complex and varied state regulatory and energy market landscape in the United States, an important starting point for determining available options for purchasing renewable energy is to understand the statewide context.

To learn more about what options are available for your state, please visit Renewable Options by State.

If you know your statewide landscape already, get started by clicking the “Next” button below.

For more information on the data sources and methodology behind this procurement guidance section, you may find the technical note here.