Pairing solar and storage can provide unique savings opportunities and enhanced resiliency for public facilities. Aligned with National Preparedness Month, this fact sheet provides an introduction to solar+storage technologies, highlights deployed projects and existing funding programs to support public facilities, and references recently developed resources to assist local governments in further exploring solar+storage projects. These resources include the Resiliency Toolkit developed by the Solar Outreach Partnership.

Solar on Multi-Unit Buildings: Policy and Financing Options to Address Split Incentives

Multi-unit buildings, including apartment complexes and office buildings, are ubiquitous in the U.S. and offer a relatively untapped opportunity for rooftop solar. The costs and benefits of going solar, however, are not always aligned, as building occupants pay the electric bills while the building owner typically pays the costs of energy improvements. This factsheet highlights policy and financing options to address this “split-incentive” problem.

Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for North Carolina Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

As North Carolina’s residential solar market grows, more homeowners’ associations are facing uncertainties about how to deal with solar installations in their communities. As part of an effort between the State Energy Program, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and members of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (The Solar Foundation and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center), two new resources have been developed to help North Carolina homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and their architectural review committees work through these issues.

Emerging Approaches to Efficient Rooftop Solar Permitting: A Summary

From Sky Stanfield, Erica Schroeder and Thad Culley of Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP comes this report outlining innovative strategies being implemented across the US to increase the efficiency of permitting procedures for rooftop solar systems. The report aims to serve as both a vehicle for discussion of permitting challenges, and as a source of Read More »

A Guide to Preparing Solar Permitting Checklists

Providing clear and accurate information to potential applicants upfront can be a simple and efficient way for municipalities to improve the completeness and accuracy of the permit applications they review. Municipalities across the country have begun creating permitting checklists and more comprehensive guidance documents to assist applicants. IREC created this two-page handout to introduce these Read More »

Mt. Pleasant Solar Co-op Fact Sheet

The solar co-op model focuses on educating the community on solar and draws on the skills and resources of its members to advance the porgram’s goals.  Mt. Pleasant was able to develop a successful solar co-op that now has over 200 members from over 70 households. Mt Pleasant Solar Co-op Fact Sheet Click for full Read More »

Community Shared Solar: Diverse Approaches for a Common Goal

Community-shared solar makes it easy for individuals and organizations unable to take advantage of on-site renewable energy generation to benefit from distributed generation. From California to New York, community-shared solar programs are making a strong showing, especially among utilities. And consumers are the beneficiaries, from renters and individuals who live in multi-tenant buildings, to those who don’t have adequate or appropriate Read More »

Rooftop Solar PV and Firefighter Safety

This SolarOPs fact sheet gives a brief overview of typical solar PV installations, addresses the major hazards and risks to firefighters, discusses fire safety in Germany (the country with the most installed solar PV per capita), and suggests recommendations and resources to ensure that first responders are prepared to fight fires on homes and buildings with rooftop solar PV.

Collaborative Procurement Toolkit

When local governments and communities work together to implement solar energy programs, many barriers to solar can be reduced. Collaborative solar procurement allows for lower installation and transition costs, faster initiation, and can aggregate demand for solar energy in the region.  This toolkit developed by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions Read More »

Regional PACE Program Toolkit

To make solar energy more affordable, building owners are able to minimize upfront costs of solar by utilizing a property tax repayment method. PACE programs provide individuals with low interest financing options and long term re-payment periods. This toolkit provides step-by-step instructions that regions can utilize to develop a local PACE program. Click HERE to Read More »

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