Solar 101

Solar 101 includes resources on solar education, solar basics, introductory information, benefits & barriers of solar, job creation, and a glossary of terms.

Making the Case for Solar Toolkit

Distributed solar energy has benefits for residents and business owners, municipal governments, and the electric grid. For local governments, solar energy can create jobs and opportunities for local economic development while also providing environmental benefits and contributing to a changing power sector. This toolkit provides general resources on solar, focusing on myths and misconceptions and the costs and benefits of solar.

Solar Success Stories: How Resources Created Under The Solar Outreach Partnership Have Helped Communities Shine

Resources created under the Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) help local governments and community members better understand solar markets, policy implications, and the benefits of going solar. This case study describes how four resources created under SolarOPs have made a tangible impact in helping communities accelerate solar adoption.

Solar Fundamentals Volume 2: Markets

This “Markets 101” report offers a high level overview of current solar installations, prices, and policies/regulations in the U.S. solar market. In response to requests for pricing information, this report includes pricing among publicly-available PPA price data, comparative energy costs, and installed cost per Watt. Beyond reporting basic facts and figures, this new report showcases SEPA’s market analysis of factors driving current solar growth.

The Case for Solar Toolkit

This toolkit and resource list created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) assists regional planning organizations in taking the first step towards adding solar into a region’s priorities. The toolkit is meant to be distributed and contains information about the benefits of solar, as well as fact sheets and links to additional resources. View the The Read More »

Job and Economic Impacts of Solar

ICLEI Local Governments For Sustainability USA and The Solar Foundation – as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership – present a free webinar discussing job and economic impacts of solar energy.

Regional Solar Podcast: How Solar Creates Jobs

NARC spoke with the Solar Foundation abut their award-winning National Solar Jobs Census report. The Census counts the number of solar workers across the U.S. solar value chain. In 2013, the U.S. solar industry employed over 142,000 solar workers, a 20% increase in employment from 2012.

Solar and Grid Stability

This short paper presents a discussion of the myths and misconceptions regarding solar’s impact on the electric grid, improving local government officials’ understanding of these issues and providing them with the information they need to dispel these myths as they are encountered. The focus here is on technological advances made over the past several years at the system level and on the technological and operational advances that will be required under high-penetration scenarios. Readers will obtain a more complete understanding of these issues and will be connected to resources they can use to help ensure solar can continue to be connected to the grid while maintaining safety and reliability.

To read this paper, click here.

The State of the Solar Industry

In this publication, we examine the current state of the solar industry, including the incentives and policies that support the industry. The report also connects readers to resources that can be used to promote healthy local solar markets.

Read the report here.

National Solar Jobs Census Podcast

Andrea Luecke, the Executive Director of the Solar Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to demonstrate the benefits of solar energy through research and education, discusses the National Solar Jobs Census and growth in the solar jobs sector. The full National Solar Jobs Census report is available here.

Listen to the podcast here.