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  • **New**NREL Open PV Project animated visualization showing PV installations being installed across the U.S. through time – 2000 to present.


  • NRDC/DOD Renewable Energy and Defense (READ) Database  First-of-its-kind mapping and analytic tool, which provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and is available online to help renewable energy developers identify appropriate sites for renewable projects such as utility-scale wind, solar, and geothermal energy facilities, that are unlikely to interfere with military activities and training, and have the fewest environmental conflicts.


American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

American Solar Energy Society

Arizona Solar Center

Business Council for Sustainable Energy

California Solar Center

Canadian Association for Renewable Energies

Carbon Calculator

Climate Change Issues and Strategies



Energy Data and Statistics

Department of Energy

Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Environment and Energy Study Institute

Energy Information Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Emissions Calculator

Florida Solar Energy Center

Global Environmental Technology Foundation

Green Power

High performance Buildings

Home Energy Saver

Interstate Renewable Energy Council

International Solar Energy Society

National Center for Photovoltaics

National Renewable Energy Laboratory  2011 Solar Guide for Local Governments and Communities

North Carolina Solar Center

Public Action

Renewable Energy Analysis

Renewable Energy Policy Project

Sandia National Laboratories

Small Business – Center for Small Business and the Environment

Solar Cookers International

Solar Energy and Energy Conversion Laboratory

Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation (SEREF)

The Solar Foundation

Solar Radiation Resource Maps

Solar Rating and Certification Corporation

State Renewable Energy News

The Stella Group Ltd.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

U.K. Solar Energy Society


Interactive Map on Gasoline Pricing 

CLIMATE – Easy access to 106 years of climate data is now available at a new website just launched by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

COMMUNITY WASTE SITES – The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department website that provides free, detailed information about waste sites, factories and other hazards for neighborhoods and communities around the nation


EMISSIONS (EPA) – EPA’s Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database is a comprehensive source of data on the environmental characteristics of all electric power generated in the United States


Only 11,400 megawatts (MW), or roughly 4%, of the 296,000 MW of new power generation capacity needed by 2015 will be fired by coal, according to a new study by RDI, a research unit of Platts, the energy information. The 296,000-MW total for all new generation is the equivalent of 592 utilityscale, 500-MW plants. Natural gas will be the fuel of choice for 279,000 MW of the new capacity and the remaining 5,600 MW will be made up by renewable energy, including hydro, solar and wind technologies, Platts said in a new report, “New Coal-Fired Generation: The Race Is On.” The current installed base of power plants in the U.S. is roughly 780,000 MW, with coal units generating about 52% of current electric output.


Southern California Edison has set up a Website calculator that estimates a customer’s cost of fueling an electric vehicle and the effect on an electricity bill.

Southern California Edison Power and Environment Website on Electric Vehicles


Whirlpool has an energy savings calculator for their ENERGY STAR appliances

EPA GREEN POWER PARTERS – Comprehensive list of EPA’s Green Power Partners

VA SUN prepared these educational resources for solar homeowners that we’ve compiled. They range from FAQ’s  battery storage, EV’s, HOA guides, and selling your home etc.  Feel free to use/share as appropriate. 6/2019

Solar FAQ’s

 Energía Solar Para Su Casa (Solar FAQ’s in Spanish)

Battery Storage Guide

Selling Your Solar Home Guide

Solar and Electric Vehicles

HOA Solar Action Guide