Solar Powering Your Community: Workshops Power through Southeast and Midwest

The Sunshot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) just completed two regional solar tours. Each successful half-day “Solar Powering Your Community” workshop provided participants with an overview of policies and regulations that impact solar adoption, as well as specific discussions of options for financing public-and private-sector solar projects. The workshops were designed to provide actionable information on overcoming local-level barriers to solar, addressing soft costs, and implementing a successful local solar program in areas including: 1) revising zoning codes and ordinances to allow for solar; 2) streamlining permitting processes to facilitate solar installations; 3) financing solar projects; and 4) installing solar on municipal and other community facilities.

Over the course of the tours, SolarOPs speakers heard from local governments across the Southeast and Midwest about successful solar programs, as well as how to address the challenges they face. The Solar Trainers were able to provide a wide range of resources for attendees and helped identify possible next steps to solar adoption.

SolarOPs, in cooperation with local government representatives designed, developed and implemented half-day workshops in the following cities:

Southeast

§  September 17 – Richmond, Virginia

§  September 18 – Raleigh, North Carolina

§  September 19 – Columbia, South Carolina

§  September 20 – Atlanta, Georgia

§  September 21 – Charlotte, North Carolina

Midwest

§  September 7 – Kansas City, Missouri

§  September 26 – Cincinnati, Ohio

§  September 27 – Dayton, Ohio

§  September 28 – Indianapolis, Indiana

§  October 1 – St. Louis, Missouri

§  October 2 – Dubuque, Iowa (Growing Sustainable Communities Conference)

Our guest speakers did a phenomenal job. They imparted good, practical advice about how to go solar, with an emphasis on describing obstacles that they experienced and how these obstacles were overcome.  That kind of peer-to-peer exchange of information is incredibly valuable.” -Justin Barnes.

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