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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 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.

Solar America Communities Webinar

January 11, 2013 by
This webinar provides an overview of the Solar America Communities project, the current state of the solar industry, common obstacles and myths associated with solar, and the potential for solar as an economic driver within regions. To view the webinar, click here.

Regional Collaborative Procurement for Solar PV Webinar

January 11, 2013 by
Learn how through collaborative procurement, communities can reduce the up-front costs of solar installations by working together as a group to evaluate project sites, procure solar systems and negotiate contracts, thus yielding much lower transaction costs for each individual partner. To view this webinar, click here.

National Solar Jobs Census Podcast

January 11, 2013 by
Andrea Luecke, the Executive Director of the Solar Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to demonstrate the benefits of solar energy through research and education, discusses the National Solar Jobs Census and growth in the solar jobs sector. The full National Solar Jobs Census report is available here. Listen to the podcast here.

Solar America Cities Podcast: Milwaukee Shines

November 27, 2012 by
Amy Heart, the Solar Program Manager with Milwaukee Shines, the city of Milwaukee’s solar program, discusses the program, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned that have come from Milwaukee’s experiences with solar since being designated as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities in 2008. To listen to this podcast, click here.

Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Houston

November 27, 2012 by
Jennifer Ronk, a Research Scientist with the Houston Advanced Research Center, discusses Houston's work as one of the Department of Energy's 25 Solar America Cities, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned, as well as where she sees solar as part of Houston's future. To view this podcast, click here.