Resources

Rural & Small Communities

This section includes information and resources on implementing solar energy in rural and small communities.

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 Case Study: Berea, KY

This case study focuses on how Berea, Kentucky was able to build a solar farm in their community through community support. Solar Case Study: Berea, KY Click for full resource.

Solar in Small Communities: Gaston County, NC Case Study

In 2011, Gaston County expanded upon its customary reputation for small town festivals and main streets lined with quaint shops by creating a name for itself in the realm of solar energy development.  This case study follows Gaston County’s efforts to install solar energy on a local government facility and details the lessons learned from Read More »

Solar in Small Communities: Columbia, MO Case Study

The city of Columbia, Missouri has a mix of local policies and programs, which include a local renewable portfolio standard combined with a green power purhcase program, a solar rebate program, a solar loan program and an agreement with a private company to develop multiple solar farm project, distinguish Columbia as a solar leader among Read More »

Small Communities and Solar

Small communities looking to go solar may face challenges, especially when looking to achieve the economies of scale that make solar projects cost effective or attractive to developers. On this webinar, learn about some of the considerations for small communities looking to go solar and then hear directly from local governments that have installed solar Read More »

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.

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Regional Solar Podcast: Energizing Rural America

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.

Prezi: Solar in Small Communities

Strategies, cases, and resources to help small local governments support a strong solar market. Created by The Solar Foundation for the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership. Solar in Small Communities Click for full resource.

Case Study : Solar in Small Communities: River Falls, WI

The Solar in Small Communities: River Falls, WI case study explores the City of River Falls’ efforts to stimulate a local solar market, with a focus on the River Falls Municipal Utility (RFMU) Solar Feed-in Tariff program.  Together, RFMU, the local government, and the citizens of River Falls have developed a suite of energy programs for the community Read More »

Solar in Small Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

This brief outlines several strategies smaller governments can use in order to promote the use of solar in their communities. We provide examples and resources illustrating how these strategies have been or are currently being implemented in small local jurisdictions across the country.

Read the brief here.