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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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 »
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 »
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 »
Utility-run community solar programs are a key way to integrate solar PV into utility green power programs while addressing utility ratemaking concerns. In addition, these programs are important for meeting demand for PV from all utility customers, particularly those whose residences are shaded, live in apartment complexes, or are otherwise unable to invest in a rooftop solar installation.
As part of an ongoing effort to establish a balanced approach to bringing more solar to HOA-governed communities, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, in collaboration with The Solar Foundation and as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, will host a webinar entitled Solar Powering Your Community Association: Updating Design Guidelines for Solar on Wednesday, July 31st from 2-3pm EDT.
Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, and powerful storms often occur with little warning, and can leave communities without power, providing further challenges to disaster relief efforts. A range of solar photovoltaic (PV) system applications are available and have the ability to meet critical power needs during emergency operations.
Over the past decade there have been significant advancements in off-grid lighting and security in terms of reliability and cost reduction. Now we are entering the age of “Smart Off-Grid”, combining green energy with advanced cloud-based software that enables the remote monitoring, management and control of off-grid lighting. This brings off-grid lighting and security to Read More »
NARC spoke with Stacy Richards, Director of the Resource Center at SEDA-COG on how renewable energy is a valuable economic development tool for rural America. Renewable energy investment can benefit rural communities by reducing electricity costs, bolstering local supply chain networks and enhancing local emergency response. Learn about the many more ways renewable energy can bolster rural America’s landscape through this podcast.
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.
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 www.DVRPC.org
Jason Halpern and Patrick Murphy, founders of Gridless Power, discuss emergency uses of solar technology with NARC. Gridless Power is deploying solar technology in non-traditional formats when conventional power sources may be scarce or unavailable.
NARC spoke with Jeff King and Julia Allman, Environmental Planners at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) about solar PV in MWCOG’s Climate Action Plan.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Encouraging Solar Development through Community Association Policies and Processes
This guide, written for association boards of directors and architectural review committees, discusses the advantages of solar energy and examines the elements of state solar rights provisions designed to protect homeowner access to these benefits. It then presents a number of recommendations associations can use to help bring solar to their communities. HERE TO VIEW Read More »