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.

Bring Solar to Your Community: Themes, Summaries and Insights from 27 Case Studies

This document was developed by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership to distill themes and insights of roof-top solar PV deployment gained from 27 case studies of local government efforts regarding policies, planning, investments, financing mechanisms, partnerships, and education.  The local governments featured include Ann Arbor, MI Asheville, NC Barnstable, MA Beaverton, OR Berea, KY Bristol, Read More »

Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II

This case study details Solar Ready II, a partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Energy to eliminate market barriers and lower soft costs for solar for local governments at a regional and national scale. Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II Click for full resource.

Solar Powering Your Community Workshop: Fremont, Nebraska

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in Fremont, Nebraska on May 27, 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 Read More »

Re-Power Florida Virtual Conference: Solar Energy

Presentation provided by the Solar Outreach Partnership at the Re-Power Florida Virtual Conference about the myths and misconceptions of solar. Re-Power Florida Virtual Conference: Solar Energy Click for full resource.

Lesson 1: Solar 101 for Local Governments

Welcome to the first lesson in the Solar Powering Your Community presentation series presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership.  Lesson 1: Solar 101 for Local Governments Click for full resource.

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 »

Getting Started with Solar in Your Community: ICMA Annual Conference 2011

Workshops, hosted by the Solar America Communities Outreach Partnership, focus on helping communities integrate solar at the local level. The goal is for communities to gain basic knowledge of solar technologies, identify opportunities to grow solar on the local level, and begin solar planning in their region. Presentations and resources from these workshops are also Read More »