Resources

Planning

These resources help communities formulate goals, objectives, and policies related to solar energy development. The American Planning Association’s Planning for Solar Energy is a key resource for understanding and developing solar energy related plans. Highlights include: Planning 101, Developing a Plan, Zoning Codes, Model Ordinances, Solar Mapping.

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Solar Policy Workshop Guide

This solar strategy guide is intended for local governments interested in improving local solar policies and developing the local market, but are unsure of where to begin. These steps will help your community review current practices and identify the greatest opportunities for improvement. To view the full document, please click here.

Solar Policy Tool Kit

Despite dramatic declines in recent years, upfront costs remain a significant barrier to increased deployment of solar technologies. The solar market is a policy-driven market, strongly influenced by policies meant to reduce upfront costs and increase the value of solar production. This toolkit provides clear and comprehensive information on major solar policies in the United Read More »

Greensboro Policy Workshop

On January 28, 2016, SolarOPs held a policy workshop for the City of Greensboro, NC.  This workshop provided an overview of solar market trends, as well as the policies currently in place from the federal to local level that affect solar development in Greensboro. Workshop presenters provided an in-depth look at Greensboro‘s solar policies and practices, Read More »

Solar Zoning and Access Toolkit

One effective way for municipal governments to enable solar energy in their communities is through solar ordinances. Addressing solar in a municipality’s zoning code can ensure that solar installations are safe, standardized, and effective. Solar access laws can ensure that residents and business owners have the right to install and benefit from solar installations on their property. This toolkit provides an overview of key issues and directs readers to comprehensive resources, best practices, and model ordinances.

Springer Electric Cooperative: Utility-Owned Solar Without Tax Credits

Springer Electric Cooperative is a New Mexico utility that owns a competitively priced―comparable to third-party power purchase agreements―1MW PV system.

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.

Solar Energy’s Emerging Role in Agriculture

Today farmers are noticing the benefits of integrating solar energy onto their farms. Solar energy allows farmers to independently meet their high energy needs, eliminate risks associated with fossil fuels, and reduce the farm’s impact on the environment. Learn about Pinehold Gardens, a farm in Milwaukee, that selected to adopt solar energy in order to Read More »

Solar Roadmap: Your Path to Prosperity

Navigating the rapidly evolving solar energy market can be a challenge and charting the right course for a community requires both local and national knowledge. The Solar Roadmap platform, and its free resources, organize global best practices and make them easily accessible locally for government agencies, regional organizations, businesses and electric utilities. Learn how the Read More »

Solar Powering Your Community: Jackson, MS

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Jackson region on August 5, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more >>

Solar Powering Your Community: Raleigh, NC

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Raleigh region on August 19, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more>>

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