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Solar Powering Your Community: Jackson, MS

August 20, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Jackson region on August 5, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more >>

Solar Powering Your Community: Raleigh, NC

August 20, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Raleigh region on August 19, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more>>

Solar Powering Your Community: Henderson, NC

August 20, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Henderson region on August 20, 2015.

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 »

Bring Solar to Your Community: Themes, Summaries and Insights from 27 Case Studies

June 4, 2015 by
This document was developed by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership to distill themes and insights of roof-top solar PV deployment gained from 27 case studies of local government efforts regarding policies, planning, investments, financing mechanisms, partnerships, and education.  The local governments featured include Ann Arbor, MI Asheville, NC Barnstable, MA Beaverton, OR Berea, KY Bristol, Read More »

Solar Powering Your Community: Addressing Local Government Zoning

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEIUSA), the Solar Foundation, and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with the Lumber River Council of Governments to provide a free solar zoning workshop to local government officials in the Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland Counties in NC , interested in Read More »

Solar Powering Your Community Workshop: Dubuque, Iowa

March 31, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Dubuque region on March 10, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable Read More »

Solar Case Study: Barnstable, MA

February 18, 2015 by
The town of Barnstable has a comprehensive sustainability program and town leadership that champion renewable energy.   This case study highlights how the town amended the zoning codes to facilitate solar development, installed various solar projects on public facilities and worked with the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, Inc. to design, finance and operate renewable Read More »

Solar Powering Your Community Workshop: Washington, D.C.

December 17, 2014 by
These slides are from an interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2011. The workshop was designed to provide actionable information on overcoming local-level barriers to solar, addressing soft costs, and implementing a successful local solar program in areas including: 1) revising zoning codes and ordinances to Read More »