In 2013, the City of Kansas City, Missouri (USA), installed leased 25 kW solar PV systems on more than 60 municipal buildings, including police and fire stations, community centers, city office buildings, traffic operations center, and many others. The systems saved the city an estimated $40,000 in electricity costs their first year of operation, while the lease arrangement meant zero up-front costs for the city. The 1.45 MW of city rooftop solar arrays generate 1.5 million kWh of carbon-free electricity each year, and this is potentially just the beginning. A 2015 study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in cooperation with the Mid-America Regional Council—a regional council of governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the Kansas City region—identified 70 MW of rooftop solar opportunity across some 2,000 city-owned buildings, not including schools.
Learn how the City of Portland’s “Solarize” campaign is helping it overcome the financial and logistical barriers to installing solar and meet its goal to be 100 percent renewable by 2050.