Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy Design Policy

Plano will increase the use of solar power and other renewable sources for city infrastructure, facilities, and operations and encourage residents and businesses to make renewable energy improvements that diversify the energy supply, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Renewable Energy Action Statements

Develop energy conservation education and energy efficiency retrofit programs and
identify appropriate new financing opportunities for energy efficiency and solar energy
installations for commercial, residential, and civic buildings.

Create a marketing campaign that increases awareness and participation with the city’s
Smart Energy Loan Program, Housing Rehabilitation Program, and Great Update Rebate
to provide homeowners and renters assistance in upgrading their homes to be
more energy and water efficient. 

Explore public/private partnerships for the development of energy efficiency programs with
private utility companies. 

Increase renewable energy participation with homeowners  and business owners by
supporting private initiatives such as Solarize Plano
Evaluate the feasibility of using rooftops of public facilities and parking garages for renewable
micro-power generation, such as solar. 
Evaluate the feasibility of geothermal energy as an alternative energy source for public and
private buildings.  
Negotiate higher renewable energy minimums with the city’s electric providers at the time of
contract expiration. 
Establish a cost-effective program for replacing city vehicles operating on fossil fuels with those
that operate on alternative fuels or electricity. 
Review the Zoning Ordinance and amend as necessary to facilitate the development of
alternative fuel distribution facilities.  
Seek grants to assist with the funding for alternative fueling stations and electric charging

Supporting Resources and Materials
Great Update Rebate
Housing Rehabilitation Program
Smart Energy Loan Program
Zoning Ordinance