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

As North Carolina’s residential solar market grows, more homeowners’ associations are facing uncertainties about how to deal with solar installations in their communities. As part of an effort between the State Energy Program, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and members of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (The Solar Foundation and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center), two new resources have been developed to help North Carolina homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and their architectural review committees work through these issues.

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 »

Rooftop Solar PV and Firefighter Safety

This SolarOPs fact sheet gives a brief overview of typical solar PV installations, addresses the major hazards and risks to firefighters, discusses fire safety in Germany (the country with the most installed solar PV per capita), and suggests recommendations and resources to ensure that first responders are prepared to fight fires on homes and buildings with rooftop solar PV.

Integrating Solar Toolkit

The Integrating Solar into Existing Activities Toolkit provides step-by-step instructions on how to integrate solar into your communities’ existing activities and priorities. The toolkit was created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). View the Integrating Solar into Existing Activities Toolkit.

Solar Energy’s Emerging Role in Agriculture

Today more and more farmers are noticing the benefits of integrating solar energy onto their farms. Solar energy allows farmers to independently meet their high energy needs, eliminate the risks associated with fossil fuels, and reduce the farm’s impact on the environment. NARC’s latest Solar Outreach Partnership case study highlights Pinehold Gardens, a 21 acre farm in Milwaukee that selected to adopt solar energy in order to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint and monthly electricity bill.

Solar Panels in Right-of-Way

Learn how the Town of Carver, Massachusetts used a public-private partnership to install solar panels in their right-of-way.

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.

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation: Improving Air Quality and Saving Fuel with Solar Powered Idle Reduction Technology

This webinar focuses on how solar energy technology can be used to assist communities in meeting idle reduction standards.

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Utility Community Solar: Program Development & Implementation

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, in collaboration with the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), presented a free webinar on Community Solar Program Development and Implementation.

Utility Community Solar Handbook: Understanding and Supporting Utility Program Development

The handbook provides the utility’s perspective on community solar program development and is a resource for government officials, regulators, community organizers, solar energy advocates, non-profits and interested citizens who want to support their local utility in implementing a project.