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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 »

Everything About Solar: A Strategic Training Session for Local Governments – Torrance, CA

October 15, 2014 by
South Bay Cities Council of Governments hosted a day-long solar energy workshop for local governments and their key stakeholders in Torrance, CA on October 6th, 2014. This interactive workshop – covering topics including solar financing, updating local solar regulations, and local government solar procurement – is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership’s technical Read More »

Resources for Solar Powering Your Community

September 22, 2014 by
The SolarOPs team created a list of resources to assist local governments and regional councils bolster solar development. The resources include comprehensive guides as well as specific information on solar-ready building design, campaign organizing, zoning codes, expedited permitting, net metering, and interconnection. Click HERE to access the resource list.

Alternative Energy Ordinance Framework Workshop

September 19, 2014 by
As solar energy development increases, regions are realizing the need for consistent guidance around constructing renewable energy ordinances. Regions are developing model ordinances and frameworks to provide guidance and sample language for solar PV installations that promote safe and sound community development. In a time of tight budgets, model ordinances are an efficient and cost Read More »

Model Ordinances for Solar

September 19, 2014 by
With increases in solar energy development throughout the country, there is an increased need for common sense land use regulations for solar energy systems. By developing model ordinances for solar, regions can provide a needed service to their communities, while also creating an opportunity that supports solar deployment- all at minimal cost.  This presentation created Read More »

Toolkit: Solar Permitting, Inspection, and Interconnection

September 15, 2014 by
This toolkit provides clear, efficient and cost effective ways to simplify and streamline solar permitting, inspection and interconnection (PII) procedures. While it targets municipal permit review staff, inspectors, the toolkit should be useful to a diverse audience including other municipal staff, solar installers, and individual and organizations interested in seeing changes to the PII processes in their communities.

Solar Permitting & Inspection Webinar Series

August 27, 2014 by
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) present a series of three webinars on Solar Permitting & Inspection. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the series will review the components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and share best practices and tools for improving them.

Solar Zoning & Permitting Workshop – Mooresville, NC

August 8, 2014 by
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEIUSA), the Interstate Renewable Energy Council USA and the Solar Foundation collaborated with the Centralina Council of Governments to provide a free solar zoning and permitting workshop to local government officials in the Charlotte, NC region who are interested in learning about ways to improve their solar zoning codes and permitting processes for solar facilities.

Streamline Permitting and Inspection Processes Toolkit

August 7, 2014 by
Streamlining a region’s permitting processes for solar installation can reduce costs and confusion by providing clearly defined requirements, expedited processing for solar installations and the option to submit paperwork online. This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions on getting started on streamlining your region’s solar permitting process. Click HERE Read More »