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 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 »

DELAWARE GOES SOLAR: A GUIDE FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

This guide provides comprehensive information for Delaware residents interested in installing a home solar energy system. Residents will learn about the basics of how solar photovoltaic systems work, how much they cost, options for financing a system, and how much customers can save by going solar. The guide breaks down expected savings for customers given 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 Policy Workshop- Roswell, NM

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with The City of Roswell to provide a free policy workshop  to local government officials in  Roswell, NM.  This workshop was designed to provide an provide an in-depth look at Roswell’s solar policies and practices and Read More »

Solar Policy Workshop – Missoula, MT

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with The City of Missoula to provide a free policy workshop  to local government officials in  Missoula, MT.  This workshop was designed to provide an provide an in-depth look at Missoula’s solar policies and practices Read More »

Solar Powering Your Community: Addressing Local Government Zoning

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEIUSA), the Solar Foundation, and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with the Lumber River Council of Governments to provide a free solar zoning workshop to local government officials in the Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland Counties in NC , interested in Read More »

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