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 »

Bring Solar to Your Community: Themes, Summaries and Insights from 27 Case Studies

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 »

Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II

This case study details Solar Ready II, a partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Energy to eliminate market barriers and lower soft costs for solar for local governments at a regional and national scale. Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II Click for full resource.

Solar Powering Your Community Workshop: Fremont, Nebraska

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in Fremont, Nebraska on May 27, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for Read More »

Re-Power Florida Virtual Conference: Solar Energy

Presentation provided by the Solar Outreach Partnership at the Re-Power Florida Virtual Conference about the myths and misconceptions of solar. Re-Power Florida Virtual Conference: Solar Energy Click for full resource.

U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013

While relatively young, the solar market is an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy.  What are the trends in this booming market, and what forces are at work?  Which sectors of the market are strongest, and why? What are the prospects for solar energy in the near future? The list isn’t long and Read More »

Lesson 1: Solar 101 for Local Governments

Welcome to the first lesson in the Solar Powering Your Community presentation series presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership.  Lesson 1: Solar 101 for Local Governments Click for full resource.