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.
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.
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 stations.