Thursday, April 21, 2011
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Bingham McCutchen, 1900 University Avenue, East Palo Alto (map)


This meeting included a wide variety of topics related to installing solar power on public agency facilities, including some of the reasons for public agencies to install solar, things to consider during first-pass site selection and for solar feasibility studies, rebates and incentives, Power Purchase Agreements and other financing methods, and some potential opportunities for regional collaboration among public agencies.  It also included a discussion of the SV-REP pilot program results, including the economic and environmental impacts, regional benefits, and lessons learned, perspectives from the participants, and resource sharing.


8:30 AM          Welcome, Introductions
                         Rachel Massaro (Joint Venture)

8:40 AM          Solar Power for Public Agencies
                         Ben Foster (Optony)

9:00 AM          The Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement (SV-REP) Project Overview
                         Rachel Massaro (Joint Venture) and Ben Foster (Optony)

9:25 AM          SV-REP Participants Panel
                         Steve Attinger (City of Mountain View), Erin Cooke (City of Cupertino)
                         Tom Fitzwater (VTA), and Christy Wolter (Town of Los Gatos)

10:05 AM        Other Procurement Approaches
                         Matt Muniz (County of Alameda), Marc McDonald (City of Hayward)

10:30 AM        Getting Started
                         Caroline Judy (County of Alameda), Mary Tucker and Kevin Armstrong (City of San Jose)

11:30 AM        Possibilities for Collaborative Efforts and Next Steps
                         Rachel Massaro (Joint Venture)

12:00 PM        Adjourn

Meeting Materials

Presentation Slides (pdf)

Attendee List (xls)

Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide to Collaborative Solar Procurement (pdf)

Recommended Scope of Work for Solar Site Assessments (pdf)

Additional Resources

Information on Financing Methods:

  • The Customer's Guide to Solar Power Purchasing Agreements, The Rahus Institute, October 2008 (pdf)
  • Power Purchase Agreement Checklist for State and Local Governments (Fact Sheet Series on Financing Renewable Energy Projects), National Renewable Energy Laboratory, October 2009 (pdf)
  • Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Deployment on Public Property by State and Local Governments (Technical Report), National Renewable Energy Laboratory, May 2008 (pdf)
  • Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects: Options and Implications, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, January 2009 (pdf)
  • Detailed Comparitive Analysis of Different Solar Financing Options at CSI Step 6, County of Santa Clara (xls)

Pre-Qualified Consultant List for Renewable Energy Projects (pdf)*

* This is a list of potential local consultants that have been pre-qualified for professional consulting services on renewable energy and energy efficiency programs through a County of Santa Clara Request for Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) in July 2010 (BidSync Bid Number SCCFAF-SOQ-EN-001).  Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network is providing this list as a resource to local public agencies interested in installing solar power or other renewable energy systems.  PLEASE NOTE - this list is not intended to be comprehensive of all firms/individuals available locally for these types of services, or an endorsement by Joint Venture. 

For more information about this meeting or the materials provided above, contact Rachel Massaro ().

Climate Change

Joint Venture engaged with dozens of regional and local public and private agencies, municipalities, businesses and other stakeholders in programs and activities designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy and improve the quality of life for all.