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Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar Toolkit: Part Nine

Local governments can own and operate municipal utilities as not-for-profit ventures. Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) on the other hand, which function as profit-driven private businesses, serve most customers in the U.S.. Electric Cooperatives fall somewhere in between the two. Like municipal utilities, they operate as not-for-profit enterprises, but governed by their customers rather than local governments.

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Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar Toolkit: Part Ten

America’s cities, as centers of population growth and energy consumption, must lead the way in building a grid powered by clean, renewable energy. However, state policies can have a sizeable impact on a city’s ability to expand solar energy. Research shows that solar energy policies – more than the availability of sunshine – dictate which states and, by extension, cities have successful solar industries and which do not. Cities can shine brighter when their state’s energy policy landscape supports renewable energy development, and should advocate for helpful state policies in addition to shaping their own.

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