Planning 101

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

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 »

Guide to Implementing Solar PV for Local Governments

Implementing municipal solar PV and other renewable energy is an effective way to achieve a municipality’s overall Energy Management goals and provide significant benefits for a community. This guide provides municipalities with a general overview to make them aware of potential considerations and possible options available, as they seek to implement solar PV.

PAS QuickNotes on Planning for Solar Energy

This PAS QuickNotes (QN) discusses how public officials and engaged citizens can support solar goals through five strategic points of intervention in the local planning system.

Read this fact sheet here.

Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy

This PAS Essential Info Packet brings together articles and guidebooks, comprehensive plan sections, and an extensive collection of sample ordinances covering solar access, solar energy systems, and more.

Take a look at the packet here.

How-to Guide: Solar-Ready Buildings Planning Guide

This National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) planning guide presents detailed guidelines on designing solar-ready buildings with minimized costs and maximized energy potential.

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