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.
Solar energy has shown striking growth in recent years, steadily becoming a real economic player and energy source across the country. This presentation explains how to effectively make the case for solar, and how other regional councils have had success integrating solar into their current planning efforts. Click HERE to view the presentation.
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 »
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 »
The handbook provides the utility’s perspective on community solar program development and is a resource for government officials, regulators, community organizers, solar energy advocates, non-profits and interested citizens who want to support their local utility in implementing a project.
Local governments are in a unique position to engage local lending institutions on the opportunities presented by a growing solar market. Governments can offer education and resources on solar PV technology and best practices for building financial models. Additionally, governments can facilitate programs that connect these institutions to customers in the community through programs such as Solarize. This guide aims to assist local governments in engaging lending institutions on financing residential and small commercial solar PV projects to increase the adoption of solar power in their communities.
Aggregate Net Metering: Opportunities for Local Governments is a report from the North Carolina Solar Center released under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. Aggregate Net Metering is the practice of allowing one or more customers to combine their electrical meters for the purpose of net metering. Because local governments typically have many electric accounts and meters, Read More »
The North Carolina Solar Center and Meister Consultants Group have released a report under the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership on current state practices associated with the assessment and taxation of PV equipment. Property Taxes and Solar PV Systems: Policies, Practices, and Issues is intended as a resource for industry stakeholders, property owners, and state and Read More »
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Encouraging Solar Development through Community Association Policies and Processes
This guide, written for association boards of directors and architectural review committees, discusses the advantages of solar energy and examines the elements of state solar rights provisions designed to protect homeowner access to these benefits. It then presents a number of recommendations associations can use to help bring solar to their communities. HERE TO VIEW Read More »