In February, 2022, the city began its relationship with NREL. NREL provided technical assistance and analytic support to the city to identify options and pathways to meet the city's clean energy goals.
Phase 1 (complete)
Phase 1 was a planned, broad effort of support by NREL to assist the city in mapping out potential pathways to meet its clean energy goals. NREL provided staff and technical expertise to support three primary activities:
Baselining and Solution Mapping
Development of Pathways to 100% Clean Renewable Electricity
Community Clean Energy Analysis Using SLOPE and LEAD Tools
Read the full Phase 1 Scope of Work for additional information.
The primary findings and suggestions resulting from Phase 1 include:
An 8.2 MW solar facility would generate enough electricity to meet city needs
Utility-scale solar is the most cost-competitive option
Three Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy
- Renewable Energy Credit (RECs)
- Utility-Scale Solar
- Blended Approach of Utility-Scale Solar and RECs
Read the NREL's Final Report (Phase 1, Task 2) for additional information.