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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 »

Pima Association of Governments: Regional Solar Plan Case Study

September 9, 2014 by
The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) created a Regional Solar Plan, comprised of twelve primary stages designed to establish a viable market for solar energy; help their region compete effectively with other western states; stimulate investment and workforce growth in the region; and secure the participation of key stakeholders.  This case study created by the National Association Read More »

Solar Case Study: Knoxville, TN

September 5, 2014 by
The growth of solar in Knoxville, including the creation of a sustainable solar infrastructure, resulted from renewable energy programs established by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and three overlapping programs.  TVA provides electricity for 9 million people in seven south-eastern states, as well as, assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.  One Read More »

Solar Case Study: Asheville, NC

September 5, 2014 by
This case study focuses on how Asheville, North Carolina provides reliable energy to retail and community members through solar energy.  Through strong community leadership, collaboration, and creative thinking, Asheville developed a number of solar deployments while minimizing the environmental impact.  The Green Dining Destination, electric vehicle charging stations and Solarize Asheville are all discussed. Solar Read More »

Proven Strategies to Successfully Implement a Solar Energy Program that Benefits Your Community

August 5, 2014 by
Discover how San Jose, California, obtained a power purchase agreement to have a 1.3 megawatt solar energy system installed on a municipal facility, with an estimated savings of more than a half million dollars over the next 20 years.  Get lessons learned from Gainesville, Florida, which implemented the first European-style Solar Feed-In Tariff in the Read More »

Economic (Re)Development and Solar

August 5, 2014 by
Looking for something to do with that former landfill?  Interested in renewable energy? Communities across the country have brownfields, capped landfills, and other pieces of vacant and underutilized land, which have the potential to be successfully redeveloped with solar. Economic (Re)Development and Solar Click for full resource.

Getting Started with Solar in Your Community: ICMA Annual Conference 2011

July 9, 2014 by
Workshops, hosted by the Solar America Communities Outreach Partnership, focus on helping communities integrate solar at the local level. The goal is for communities to gain basic knowledge of solar technologies, identify opportunities to grow solar on the local level, and begin solar planning in their region. Presentations and resources from these workshops are also Read More »

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation: Improving Air Quality and Saving Fuel with Solar Powered Idle Reduction Technology

April 1, 2014 by
This webinar focuses on how solar energy technology can be used to assist communities in meeting idle reduction standards. To view the webinar, click here.

Regional Solar Podcast: How Solar Creates Jobs

February 25, 2014 by
NARC spoke with the Solar Foundation abut their award-winning National Solar Jobs Census report. The Census counts the number of solar workers across the U.S. solar value chain. In 2013, the U.S. solar industry employed over 142,000 solar workers, a 20% increase in employment from 2012.

Regional Solar Initiative: Metropolitan Area Planning Council

July 23, 2013 by
Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Regional Solar Initiative helps communities get lower pricing and better quality service by bringing them together to obtain energy-related goods and services.