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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 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.

Regional Solar Podcast: Regional Emergency Uses for Solar Technology

July 23, 2013 by
Jason Halpern and Patrick Murphy, founders of Gridless Power, discuss emergency uses of solar technology with NARC. Gridless Power is deploying solar technology in non-traditional formats when conventional power sources may be scarce or unavailable.

Regional Solar Podcast: Developing a Solar Framework in Boston, MA

July 23, 2013 by
NARC spoke with Helen Aki with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, MA about how MAPC is working to make the Boston region a leader in solar development.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar in Climate Action Plans

June 13, 2013 by
NARC spoke with Jeff King and Julia Allman, Environmental Planners at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) about solar PV in MWCOG's Climate Action Plan.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar Mapping

February 5, 2013 by
Matt Krusemark, Information Services Manager at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) joined NARC to discuss DRCOG’s solar map project. Learn more about the technologies and techniques DRCOG used to create this user-friendly method to find out a building’s solar pv potential in the Denver, Colorado region. To visit the solar map, visit

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.

Addressing Solar Myths and Misconceptions Webinar

January 11, 2013 by
As more and more local governments and individuals look to develop and support solar power installations on their homes and communities, it is important to be able to address questions and concerns about solar power technologies. In addition, there are many myths and misconceptions about solar technologies that often need to be addressed. This webinar explored the most common of these myths and present the facts about solar, and facilitated discussion and provided concrete examples of methods to overcome the myths surrounding solar technologies for local governments. To access a recording of the webinar, click here.

Solar and Grid Stability

January 11, 2013 by
This short paper presents a discussion of the myths and misconceptions regarding solar’s impact on the electric grid, improving local government officials’ understanding of these issues and providing them with the information they need to dispel these myths as they are encountered. The focus here is on technological advances made over the past several years at the system level and on the technological and operational advances that will be required under high-penetration scenarios. Readers will obtain a more complete understanding of these issues and will be connected to resources they can use to help ensure solar can continue to be connected to the grid while maintaining safety and reliability. To read this paper, 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.