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Developing a Strategy

Identify Your Options

This website focuses on five renewable energy procurement options: on-site solar, community solar, green tariffs, physical power purchase agreements, and virtual power purchase agreements. Additional options, such as the use of energy savings performance contractors (ESCOs), are not currently included, but may be added over time. For further details on each of these five options, see these summaries created by the EPA.

This website is intended to help you clearly identify which options are available to your city. However, cities served by municipal utilities or community choice aggregation may have a different set of options. For additional information, see the Cadmus Group’s Pathways to 100 report.

Beyond the desktop research mentioned above, we would strongly recommend you reach out to other cities in your region to understand their decision-making processes. If you are unable to connect with a nearby city, the City Stories section of this website, C40’s Clean Energy Business Model Manual, and the Accelerator team can all provide insights into what renewable energy projects other cities have completed. 

Potential Renewable Procurement Options:

Community Solar

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On-Site Solar

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Off-Site Physical PPA

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Virtual PPA

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Green Tariff

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