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Community-Scale Development

Below are resources for Tribes on community-scale energy project development.

Commercial Lending in Indian Country: Potential Opportunities in an Emerging Market
Explores the commercial lending environment in Indian Country, including the interrelationship of governmental, legal, institutional, organizational, and financial infrastructures. The report examines the major challenges and constraints that have impeded larger scale efforts and describes banking and tribal community responses to these barriers considered critical to successful implementation of commercial lending activities. Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Community Wind Financing Handbook
Provides information on financing community wind projects, including ownership structures, roles of financial intermediaries, and sources of federal and state financial support. Source: Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Community Wind: Once Again Pushing the Envelope of Project Finance
Covers how community wind projects have traditionally been financed, policies that have facilitated financial innovation, case studies on five projects, and lessons learned. Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Connecting to the Grid: A Guide to Distributed Generation Interconnection Issues
Discusses the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC’s) model interconnection standards for generators up to 10 megawatts (MW) and IREC’s model net-metering rules for generators up to 2 MW in capacity. It includes information on safety, power quality, and codes, legal and procedural issues, net metering, and electrical inspectors. Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Contracting for Renewable Energy Services: Update on Power Purchase Agreements
Provides general information about power purchase agreements, guidelines, and contracting procedures, as well as renewable energy contract variables, and links to additional information. Source: New Jersey Department of Community Affairs-Local Finance.

Demand-Side Management Guidebook
Covers renewable power generation, direct use of renewable, nonrenewable distributed energy, energy storage and hybrid power, and systems integration and load control. Source: Western Area Power Administration.

Financing Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects: Lessons from Project Developers in the Northwest
Investigates the challenges developers face in getting clean energy projects financed and provides information on the unique structures, costs, and processes for financing community-scale projects, identifies key challenges and weaknesses in financing, and highlights how developers have creatively financed community-scale projects. Source: Northwest SEED and Cake Ventures, Inc.

Financing Public Sector Projects with Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs)
Fact sheet on Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs), which present a low-cost opportunity for public entities to issue bonds to finance renewable energy projects. Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Guide to Implementing Community Scale Wind Projects on Native American Reservations
Provides general information for Tribes on the various procedures in a wind project when working with a wind development company. Outlines chronological steps to guide a Tribe through the necessary stages of implementing a community-scale wind project and includes information on issues concerning community-scale wind projects on tribal lands and resources for more information. Source: NREL.

The Law of Building Green: Business and Legal Issues of Sustainable Real Estate Development
Insights on key topics related to green development projects, such as integrated design, assessing and allocating risks, site development, community and neighborhood development, on-site renewable energy generation, tax incentives, and more. Source: Stoel Rives LLP.

Native Power: A Handbook on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Native American Communities
A practical introduction to energy efficiency and renewable energy, but also provides information on community-scale projects. Source: LBNL.

Promoting Generations of Self-Reliance: Stories and Examples of Tribal Adaptation to Change
Suggests three factors for communities to consider when planning for, implementing, and evaluating long-term adaptation goals: formulating a plan with holistic community support, adopting practical implementation strategies, and engaging in long-term evaluation and external partnerships. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (“QECBs”) and New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (“New CREBs”)
Presentation on Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) and New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (New CREBs) volume allocation, bond mechanics and other considerations, qualified uses and procedures, and market perspectives. Source: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 

Revolving Loan Funds
Provides general information on the basic structure of a revolving loan fund (RLF), steps to setting up RLFs, common issues, and examples. Source: NREL.

The Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems
Offers a roadmap for project planners and solar advocates who want to create their own successful “Solarize” campaign, which is based on a grassroots effort that started in Portland, Oregon, to help residents overcome the financial and logistical barriers to installing solar power. This guide describes the key elements of the Solarize Portland campaigns and variations from projects across the country, along with lessons learned and planning templates. Source: DOE.

Third-Party Financing and Power Purchase Agreements for Public Sector PV Projects
Presentation on third-party financing and power purchase agreements (PPA) for public sector photovoltaic projects that includes information on third-party PPA structure, benefits, key elements, economics, and legal issues. Source: NREL.