Developing a Plan

This section includes everything related to creating a plan for solar energy in a community.

Solar Roadmap: Your Path to Prosperity

Navigating the rapidly evolving solar energy market can be a challenge and charting the right course for a community requires both local and national knowledge. The Solar Roadmap platform, and its free resources, organize global best practices and make them easily accessible locally for government agencies, regional organizations, businesses and electric utilities. Learn how the Read More »

Resources for Solar Powering Your Community

The SolarOPs team created a list of resources to assist local governments and regional councils bolster solar development. The resources include comprehensive guides as well as specific information on solar-ready building design, campaign organizing, zoning codes, expedited permitting, net metering, and interconnection. Click HERE to access the resource list.

Pima Association of Governments: Regional Solar Plan Case Study

The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) created a Regional Solar Plan, comprised of twelve primary stages designed to establish a viable market for solar energy; help their region compete effectively with other western states; stimulate investment and workforce growth in the region; and secure the participation of key stakeholders.  This case study created by the National Association Read More »

Maximum Solar at the Heart of Urban Forests

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability presents a free webinar on Urban Forest and Solar Energy entitled Maximum Solar at the Heart of Urban Forests as part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership program.

Regional Solar Initiative: Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Regional Solar Initiative helps communities get lower pricing and better quality service by bringing them together to obtain energy-related goods and services.

Regional Solar Podcast: Developing a Solar Framework in Boston, MA

NARC spoke with Helen Aki with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, MA about how MAPC is working to make the Boston region a leader in solar development.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar Plans & Standards

Colleen Crowninshield and Sheila Storm, with the Pima Association of Government joined NARC to discuss their efforts to making the southern Arizona region a leader is solar deployment. To learn more about PAG, visit

Technical Report: The Pennsylvania Model Ordinance

The Pennsylvania Model Ordinance (found on page 12 of the pdf linked below) provides a model for local governments establishing reasonable standards in their development of small-scale solar. These standards center on permitting, height restrictions, and design and installation requirements.

To read this report, click here.

How-to Guide: Solar-Ready Buildings Planning Guide

This National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) planning guide presents detailed guidelines on designing solar-ready buildings with minimized costs and maximized energy potential.

To read this guide, click here.