Resources

Efficient Solar Permitting

As part of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI and IREC hosted half-day workshop on April 4th, 2013 to provide technical assistance to local government officials in California’s Mono and Alpine Counties, Mammouth Lakes, CA and surrounding communities who are interested in learning about ways to improve their permitting processes for solar facilities.

Efficient Solar Permitting for Your Jurisdiction: Eastern Alameda County

s part of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI and IREC hosted half-day workshop on March 21, 2013 to provide technical assistance to local government officials in Eastern Alameda County, CA and surrounding communities who are interested in learning about ways to improve their permitting processes for solar facilities. Targeting Planning and Building Department Staff and Municipal Sustainability Committee Members, the workshop covered the three primary components of the solar permitting process—the pre-application stage, application submittal, and facility inspection, along with suggestions on how to improve and streamline the permitting process in ways that benefit the permitting authority, as well as solar installers and their customers.

National Association of Regional Councils 15 June 2011

This presentation covers two case studies of programs that bring solar to different communities and the process of implanting solar in cities.

To view this workshop, click here.

“Solar Powering Your Community” Workshops Power through Southeast and Midwest

The Sunshot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) just completed two regional solar tours. Each successful half-day “Solar Powering Your Community” workshop provided participants with an overview of policies and regulations that impact solar adoption, as well as specific discussions of options for financing public-and private-sector solar projects. The workshops were 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 allow for solar; 2) streamlining permitting processes to facilitate solar installations; 3) financing solar projects; and 4) installing solar on municipal and other community facilities.

Over the course of the tours, SolarOPs speakers heard from local governments across the Southeast and Midwest about successful solar programs, as well as how to address the challenges they face. The Solar Trainers were able to provide a wide range of resources for attendees and helped identify possible next steps to solar adoption.

To view a list of cities where local representatives designed, developed and implemented half-day workshops, click here.

National Association of Regional Councils 11 June 2012

This presentation covers two case studies of programs that bring solar to different communities and the process of implanting solar in cities.

To view this workshop, click here.

ASES National Solar Conference 17 May 2011

This presentation analyzes the conditions and trends of the U.S. Solar Labor Market, highlighting the astonishing growth in PV installations, solar jobs, and revenue created by solar industry.

To view this workshop, click here.

National Brownfields Conference 3 April 2011

This workshop addresses the barriers communities face when going solar that can be overcome. The three main topics are overcoming the financial and regulatory policies, getting stakeholders engaged, and installing solar on local government facilities.

To view this workshop, click here.

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