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Solar for Safety, Security, and Resilience Toolkit

June 17, 2015 by
There is a growing interest in using renewable energy options like solar to improve community resiliency. During extreme weather events, solar can help prevent power outages by providing emergency energy to critical facilities and recovery efforts. Solar can provide electricity to remote or less accessible areas, and is flexible enough to be a mobile or Read More »

Solar for Economic Development Toolkit

June 17, 2015 by
Most people are familiar with solar energy’s environmental benefits, but solar energy adoption also presents numerous economic and community development opportunities. Solar expands local markets, reduces electricity costs, improves business competitiveness, and increases property values. It leads to short term jobs in construction, installation, and site development as well as long term positions in facility Read More »

Model Interconnection Procedures

November 12, 2014 by
As costs of renewable energy come down and more systems connect to the grid, interconnection procedures developed over the last decade are under strain, according to Kevin Fox, lead author of the model revision. First developed in 2005 and updated in 2009, the 2013 edition of IREC’s Model Interconnection Procedures synthesizes a number of best Read More »

Training and Certification Toolkit

August 7, 2014 by
Installer certification indicates that your region is keeping pace with national standards developed by a large base of stakeholders. Certification can save time and money because it leads to more competent solar technicians and safer installations.  This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up training Read More »

Website: Solar Panel Permits Webpage

November 27, 2012 by
Breckenridge (CO) has taken advantage of electronic materials, standardized permit requirements, and utilization of standard certifications to offer a short turn-around for solar permits, all of which is clearly communicated on their website. To view the website, click here.

Website: SunShot Resource Center

November 27, 2012 by
The SunShot Resource Center provides a plethora of state-specific resources on solar technology and its implementation, including case studies, fact sheets, how-to guides, model ordinances, technical reports, and sample government documents. To view this site, click here.