Development Regulations

This section includes information and resources on zoning codes and model ordinances.

Solar Powering Your Community: Addressing Local Government Zoning

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEIUSA), the Solar Foundation, and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with the Lumber River Council of Governments to provide a free solar zoning workshop to local government officials in the Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland Counties in NC , interested in 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.

Alternative Energy Ordinance Framework Workshop

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 »

Model Ordinances for Solar

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 »

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: Alternative Energy Ordinance Working Group

As technologies for alternative energy production advance, municipalities in the Delaware Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) region have continually been faced with questions about how to regulate them at the municipal level. In 2009, at the request of the City of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, DVRPC established the Alternative Energy Ordinance Working Group (AEOWG) to bring together leadership from counties Read More »

Model Ordinances Toolkit

Model ordinances provide regions with a framework to facilitate the protection and promotion of solar energy resources in various municipalities. Ordinances contain implementation strategies such as siting and safety requirements which are useful to local governments looking to adopt solar energy.  This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions Read More »

Solar America Cities Podcast: Solar in Tucson

Bruce Plenk, the City of Tucson’s Solar Energy Coordinator, discusses Tucson’s work as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities. Tucson was named as a Solar America City in 2007and the city has worked to increase installations on municipal buildings, revise zoning ordinances, and make solar more accessible to residents through a solar ready homes ordinance. This podcast explores the city’s successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

To listen to the podcast, click here.