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 »

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.

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 »

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.

Regional Solar Podcast: Regional Solar Development

Join Elizabeth Compitello, Research Analyst at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to learn how DVRPC is working to make the Philadelphia region a leader in solar development. For more information about DVRPC, visit

National Brownfields Conference 3 April 2011

This workshop addresses the barriers communities face when going solar that can be overcome. The three main topics are overcoming the financial and regulatory policies, getting stakeholders engaged, and installing solar on local government facilities.

To view this workshop, click here.

Solar America Communities Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of the Solar America Communities project, the current state of the solar industry, common obstacles and myths associated with solar, and the potential for solar as an economic driver within regions.

To view the webinar, click here.

Solar as a Revenue Generator for Local Governments

This brief discusses some of the revenue generation mechanisms associated with solar development and provides examples of how local governments have already leveraged these techniques to their fiscal benefit.

Read this document here.

National Solar Jobs Census Podcast

Andrea Luecke, the Executive Director of the Solar Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to demonstrate the benefits of solar energy through research and education, discusses the National Solar Jobs Census and growth in the solar jobs sector. The full National Solar Jobs Census report is available here.

Listen to the podcast here.