Solar Energy and Municipal Buildings Guide
ICLEI USA and Meister Consulting Group have developed a 2-page introductory guide addressing some of the hurdles that local governments encounter when considering installing solar. There are huge benefits for local governments to go solar, but the process ca ... MORE
Solar for the Environment Toolkit
The benefits our natural environment reaps from the adoption of solar energy on the local level are plentiful. Implementing solar energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help protect communities from the potential adverse effects of climate change. Many ... MORE
Solar in Transportation Toolkit
The integration of solar technology can help meet a number of goals related to transportation and energy, yet the use of solar in transportation is still in the nascent stages for many communities. As a result, there is tremendous opportunity for future growth ... MORE
Solar Fundamentals – Vol. 1: Technology
Under the Department of Energy's Solar Outreach Partnership, SEPA undertook this effort--as the first in a series of educational publications--to assist those seeking to become more familiar with the solar industry. To lead the series, a focus on solar techno ... MORE
Rethinking Standby & Fixed Cost Charges: Regulatory & Rate Design Pathways to Deeper Solar PV Cost Reductions
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (formerly the NC Solar Center) and Meister Consultants Group have released Rethinking Standby and Fixed Cost Charges: Regulatory and Rate De ... MORE
Renewable Energy Tariffs for Large Utility Customers: An Emerging Option to Encourage Greater Solar PV Development
By: Autumn Proudlove and Jim Kennerly, NC Clean Energy Technology Center Utility customers that are the highest energy users are in a powerful position to expand markets for renewable energy technologies and reduce their emissions by obtaining their power ... MORE
New Jersey Solar Siting Guide
The Solar Guidebook for New Jersey Municipalities provides a comprehensive background for New Jersey municipalities on solar PV systems, state legislation that affects the siting of these systems, and the appropriate tools and methods municipalities can use to ... MORE
Solar in Remote Applications in the U.S.: Challenges & Implications for Local Policy
Since the landfall of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, municipalities and jurisdictions in the United States have been increasingly focused on the vulnerability of their electricity infrastructure and enhancing resilience to extreme events. Renewable energy an ... MORE
Customer Guides to Going Solar for Duke Energy Customers in North Carolina
By Jim Kennerly and Autumn Proudlove A major goal of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership and the North Carolina Solar Center is to reduce the non-hardware “soft” costs of solar PV by educating homeowners and businesses customers about the signifi ... MORE
Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy
This PAS Essential Info Packet brings together articles and guidebooks, comprehensive plan sections, and an extensive collection of sample ordinances covering solar access, solar energy systems, and more. Take a look at the packet here.
Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar PV: An Emerging Business Model for Municipal Utilities provides an overview of the issues and opportunities a municipal utility is likely to encounter in the development of a utility-owned rooftop solar program. Prepared by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and Meister Consultants Group, the report describes business models and important considerations for designing a program, drawing on case studies from three existing utility programs.
This report is intended to help local governments learn more about the opportunities available to them in solar-powered electric vehicle charging and navigate the policy and regulatory environment surrounding this technology.
This “Markets 101” report offers a high level overview of current solar installations, prices, and policies/regulations in the U.S. solar market. In response to requests for pricing information, this report includes pricing among publicly-available PPA price data, comparative energy costs, and installed cost per Watt. Beyond reporting basic facts and figures, this new report showcases SEPA’s market analysis of factors driving current solar growth.
This guide provides comprehensive information for Delaware residents interested in installing a home solar energy system. Residents will learn about the basics of how solar photovoltaic systems work, how much they cost, options for financing a system, and how much customers can save by going solar. The guide breaks down expected savings for customers given Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
In a first-of-its-kind report tracking the use of solar energy at K-12 schools in the United States, The Solar Foundation has developed the most comprehensive understanding to date of how schools are using and financing solar energy and the potential for still more schools to benefit from the technology.
Most Americans are unaware of the true financial value of solar today. Seen by many as a technological luxury, solar energy is not seriously considered as an option by most homeowners in the U.S. In this report, the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center analyzed the financial value of solar to residential customers in America’s 50 Read More »
A growing number of cities and counties are committed to becoming more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. However, many of these communities face pressing economic challenges that frustrate efforts to make progress toward sustainability goals. Those that have suffered decades of population and job losses, as well as those especially hard hit by the Great Read More »