These resources are designed to help communities explore key concepts related to using solar energy. If you’re just getting started with solar energy, we recommend you being with the Solar 101 for Local Governments video. Highlights include: Solar 101, Myths & Misconceptions, and Benefits & Barriers.

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Making the Case for Solar Toolkit

Distributed solar energy has benefits for residents and business owners, municipal governments, and the electric grid. For local governments, solar energy can create jobs and opportunities for local economic development while also providing environmental benefits and contributing to a changing power sector. This toolkit provides general resources on solar, focusing on myths and misconceptions and the costs and benefits of solar.

Solar Success Stories: How Resources Created Under The Solar Outreach Partnership Have Helped Communities Shine

Resources created under the Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) help local governments and community members better understand solar markets, policy implications, and the benefits of going solar. This case study describes how four resources created under SolarOPs have made a tangible impact in helping communities accelerate solar adoption.

Solar Fundamentals Volume 2: Markets

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.

Regional Solar Deployment Handbook

This handbook created by the National Association of Regional Councils is a comprehensive guide to implementing solar energy at the regional level. The handbook identifies seven key strategies that regional councils can use to successfully drive solar adoption in their jurisdictions. Focused on regionally-specific actions, tools and case studies, this handbook seeks to be a Read More »

Working with Stakeholders Toolkit

By providing local stakeholders with workshops, informative material, and committees to determine necessary policy changes, significant strides can be made in regional solar adoption. This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) addresses how to engage stakeholders to promote solar friendly policies, increase awareness of solar energy solutions and facilitate the design Read More »

The Case for Solar Toolkit

This toolkit and resource list created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) assists regional planning organizations in taking the first step towards adding solar into a region’s priorities. The toolkit is meant to be distributed and contains information about the benefits of solar, as well as fact sheets and links to additional resources. View the The Read More »

Solar PV and Glare

A common misconception about solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is that they inherently cause or create “too much” glare, posing a nuisance to neighbors and a safety risk for pilots. While solar PV systems can produce glare, light absorption, rather than reflection, is central to the function of solar PV panels. This fact sheet describes the basic issues surrounding glare from solar PV panels, the new Federal Aviation Administration guidance, and the implications for local governments.

Job and Economic Impacts of Solar

ICLEI Local Governments For Sustainability USA and The Solar Foundation – as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership – present a free webinar discussing job and economic impacts of solar energy.

Regional Solar Podcast: How Solar Creates Jobs

NARC spoke with the Solar Foundation abut their award-winning National Solar Jobs Census report. The Census counts the number of solar workers across the U.S. solar value chain. In 2013, the U.S. solar industry employed over 142,000 solar workers, a 20% increase in employment from 2012.

Solar Energy Myths & Misconceptions Part I

As more and more local governments and individuals look to develop and support solar power installations on their homes and communities, it is important to be able to address questions and concerns about solar power technologies. There are many myths and misconceptions about solar PV technologies that often need to be addressed. This fact sheet (the first in a series) explores some of the more common of these myths and presents the facts.