Resources

Financing 101

This section includes resources that provide an introduction to different financing options for solar energy.

Solar Financing and Economic Development

Understanding how solar PV projects are financed (and understanding the tools necessary to understand solar-related economic development) is critical for any local government looking to grow their local solar market. This toolkit is intended to provide readers with many of the key resources necessary for understanding both the basics of solar finance and economic development and some of the important nuances that must be considered when promoting or pursuing associated policies or other related activities.

Solar for Economic Development Toolkit

Most people are familiar with solar energy’s environmental benefits, but solar energy adoption also presents numerous economic and community development opportunities. Solar expands local markets, reduces electricity costs, improves business competitiveness, and increases property values. It leads to short term jobs in construction, installation, and site development as well as long term positions in facility 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: Cincinnati, OH

This case study focuses on the tools used to grow and finance Cincinnati’s solar portfolio. Solar Case Study: Cincinnati, OH 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 »

Solar Powering Your Community Workshop: Dubuque, Iowa

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Dubuque region on March 10, 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 Read More »

Going Solar in America: Ranking Solar’s Value to Consumers in America’s Largest Cities

Most Americans are unaware of the true financial value of solar today. Seen by many as a technological luxury, solar energy is not seriously considered as an option by most homeowners in the U.S. In this report, the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center analyzed the financial value of solar to residential customers in America’s 50 Read More »

Lesson 4: Introduction to Solar Project Finance

Welcome to the fourth lesson in the Solar Powering Your Community presentation series presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership.  Lesson 4: Introduction to Solar Project Finance Click for full resource.

Local Lending For Solar PV: A Guide For Local Governments Seeking To Engage Financial Institutions

Local governments are in a unique position to engage local lending institutions on the opportunities presented by a growing solar market. Governments can offer education and resources on solar PV technology and best practices for building financial models. Additionally, governments can facilitate programs that connect these institutions to customers in the community through programs such as Solarize. This guide aims to assist local governments in engaging lending institutions on financing residential and small commercial solar PV projects to increase the adoption of solar power in their communities.

Innovative Solutions for Solar Financing Webinar

Financing of solar projects remains a major barrier to the more widespread adoption of solar technologies. This webinar will feature successful solar projects from Sonoma County, California and the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network.

To view this webinar, click here.

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