Resources

Economic Development

This section includes information and resources on brownfields, job creation, and spurring economic development with solar energy.

Solar Foundation Job Census 2013

The National Association of Regional Councils spoke with Philip Haddix, Manager of Outreach and Policy at the Solar Foundation, to discuss 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 Read More »

Solar Case Study: Beaverton, OR

Beaverton, Oregon’s advances in solar photovoltaic (PV) result from community priorities for a green economy, strong city staff expertise, and advocacy supported by a progressive and pragmatic mayor.  The city’s tremendous gains in a short period of time have been achieved through a highly innovative and cost-effective approach that relies on contracting and partnerships with Read More »

Pursuing Economic Development Through Local Government Solar Programs And Policy-Detroit, MI

In June 2014, members of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) held a strategy session with local government officials and various solar stakeholders to help determine a path forward for the City of Detroit to become more solar friendly. Session participants offered a number of ideas for policy improvements or new programs to facilitate greater solar deployment. In this session, facilitators from the SolarOPs team revisited some of these strategies – as well as others that have since been identified as areas of interest – in order to help the City and its constituents better understand the economic development, job creation, and end user financial benefits of each opportunity, to the end of prioritizing these for implementation.

Recycling Land for Solar Energy Development

A growing number of cities and counties are committed to becoming more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. However, many of these communities face pressing economic challenges that frustrate efforts to make progress toward sustainability goals. Those that have suffered decades of population and job losses, as well as those especially hard hit by the Great Read More »

Getting Started with Solar Workshop

This presentation at the National Association of Regional Councils’ 2011 Annual Conference details the benefits and barriers of solar as well as how to integrate solar energy into your region by educating, motivating, and equipping local elected officials with the knowledge needed to catalyze regional solar development and regional best practices on solar energy. Click Read More »

Solar Case Study: Asheville, NC

This case study focuses on how Asheville, North Carolina provides reliable energy to retail and community members through solar energy.  Through strong community leadership, collaboration, and creative thinking, Asheville developed a number of solar deployments while minimizing the environmental impact.  The Green Dining Destination, electric vehicle charging stations and Solarize Asheville are all discussed. Solar Read More »

Economic (Re)Development and Solar

Looking for something to do with that former landfill?  Interested in renewable energy? Communities across the country have brownfields, capped landfills, and other pieces of vacant and underutilized land, which have the potential to be successfully redeveloped with solar. Economic (Re)Development and Solar Click for full resource.

Recycling Land for Solar Energy Development

A growing number of cities and counties are committed to becoming more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. However, many of these communities face pressing economic challenges that frustrate efforts to make progress toward sustainability goals. Those that have suffered decades of population and job losses, as well as those especially hard hit by the Great Read More »

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.

Clean Energy Action Plan: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission supports the region’s growth areas and energy needs by developing plans to reduce the region’s carbon footprint, the creation of model ordinances to guide alternative energy development and assisting municipalities pursuing renewable energy projects.

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