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Implementing

These resources help communities identify specific types of projects, programs, and processes they can use to implement solar-related goals, objectives, and policies. Highlights include: Solar on Schools, Community Solar, Rural and Small Communities, Home Owners Associations, Low-Income Communities, Historic Properties, Municipal Facilities.

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This portable solar generator with battery storage is safe for freeway travel and can be set up by one person in 10 minutes. Credit: Bill McEntire (NREL 09471)

Resource Hub: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

Broadly, resilience refers to the ability of a community – its systems, institutions, and residents – to adapt to changing conditions or to recover from an emergency event or disaster. As awareness of the risks posed by a changing climate grows, an increasing number of communities have identified resilience as a key component of sustainability. Read More »

Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for Arizona Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for Arizona communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems. To view the full document, please click here.

Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for Florida Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for Florida communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems. To view the full document, click here.

Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for Texas Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for Texas communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems. To view the full document, click here.

Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for New Jersey Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for New Jersey communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems. To view the full document, please click here.

Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar PV

Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar PV: An Emerging Business Model for Municipal Utilities provides an overview of the issues and opportunities a municipal utility is likely to encounter in the development of a utility-owned rooftop solar program. Prepared by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and Meister Consultants Group, the report describes business models and important considerations for designing a program, drawing on case studies from three existing utility programs.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SOLAR-POWERED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

This report is intended to help local governments learn more about the opportunities available to them in solar-powered electric vehicle charging and navigate the policy and regulatory environment surrounding this technology.

BARC Electric Co-Op: Community Solar Leader in Virginia

BARC, Electric Cooperative, is a customer-owned utility that will soon deploy the first community solar project in the commonwealth.

While serving approximately 30,000 members residents in 5 Virginia counties, the small co-op wants to help customers gain access to solar through community solar program.
BARC received the SolarOPs technical assistance, through SEPA, in the form of advisory services for program costs and procurement.
With SEPA’s assistance, the cooperative successfully received a $500,000 grant, with 50% matching by BARC, for the estimated 300-350 kW community solar program.

Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation’s McKees Solar Park Community Solar Program

The Delaware Municipal Electric Corp. (DEMEC)―a joint action agency serving nine member municipalities―has influenced more than half of Delaware’s 58 MW solar capacity to be located within its member service territories. The newest in the City of Newark, the 23MW McKees Solar Park, is a community solar project deployed by DEMEC with the help of Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) technical assistance.

SOLAR+STORAGE APPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Pairing solar and storage can provide unique savings opportunities and enhanced resiliency for public facilities. Aligned with National Preparedness Month, this fact sheet provides an introduction to solar+storage technologies, highlights deployed projects and existing funding programs to support public facilities, and references recently developed resources to assist local governments in further exploring solar+storage projects. These resources include the Resiliency Toolkit developed by the Solar Outreach Partnership.

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