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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Grand Valley Power’s Low-Income Community Solar Program

In this Case Study, Grand Valley Power (GVP) shows how they have extended their unique community solar program to historically underserved low-income communities in the Grand Junction, CO area. Through a winning combination of community solar experience and partnerships with nonprofits like Grid Alternatives Colorado (GRID), GVP’s low-income community solar program seeks to create a sustainable framework that brings solar to new customers throughout their service area.

Solar for Safety, Security, and Resilience Toolkit

There is a growing interest in using renewable energy options like solar to improve community resiliency. During extreme weather events, solar can help prevent power outages by providing emergency energy to critical facilities and recovery efforts. Solar can provide electricity to remote or less accessible areas, and is flexible enough to be a mobile or Read More »

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 »

Solar for the Environment Toolkit

The benefits our natural environment reaps from the adoption of solar energy on the local level are plentiful. Implementing solar energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help protect communities from the potential adverse effects of climate change. Many regions have taken steps to become stewards of their surrounding environment by incorporating environmental sustainability into Read More »

Solar in Transportation Toolkit

The integration of solar technology can help meet a number of goals related to transportation and energy, yet the use of solar in transportation is still in the nascent stages for many communities. As a result, there is tremendous opportunity for future growth in this area. Solar energy can help your region meet air quality Read More »

Toolkit: Installing Solar on K-12 Schools

Following the release of The Solar Foundation’s Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools under the SolarOPs program, our team has been working to help more K-12 public schools go solar through our technical assistance program. As part of this effort, we have developed a Toolkit for Installing Solar on K-12 Schools to Read More »

Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools

In a first-of-its-kind report tracking the use of solar energy at K-12 schools in the United States, The Solar Foundation has developed the most comprehensive understanding to date of how schools are using and financing solar energy and the potential for still more schools to benefit from the technology.

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 »

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.

Community Shared Solar: Expansions Underway in Solar America Communities

Community shared solar is expanding rapidly as a model ownership structure for solar PV. By offering customers an option to purchase or lease part of a larger solar array instead of having to purchase the entire system, the model greatly expands participatory opportunities to a large new market segment of citizens and customers, with very low or no cost to local government. This report provides an overview of the status of community shared solar projects in Solar America Communities as of September, 2014, as well as some of the differences and similarities between the creation and structure of these programs.