Resources

Training

These resources include educational materials from SolarOPs regional workshops, national conference presentations, and technical assistance strategy sessions, as well as train the trainer resources.

Click on the map below to access workshop presentations and materials from over 60 regional and national workshops held across the country. Highlights include: the Workshop Page, Train the Trainer Guides.

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Regional Solar Deployment Handbook

This handbook created by the National Association of Regional Councils is a comprehensive guide to implementing solar energy at the regional level. The handbook identifies seven key strategies that regional councils can use to successfully drive solar adoption in their jurisdictions. Focused on regionally-specific actions, tools and case studies, this handbook seeks to be a Read More »

Installer Training and Certification

Installer certification indicates that your region is keeping pace with national standards developed by a large base of stakeholders. Certification can save time and money because it leads to more competent solar technicians and safer installations. This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up training Read More »

Going Solar in America: Demonstrating Rooftop Solar PV’s “Dollars & Cents” Value in America’s 50 Largest Cities

The hour-long session features NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s recently released Going Solar in America reports. Lead author Jim Kennerly from the center will discusses key findings of their reports, including results showing that financed solar is already at grid parity in 42 out of the largest 50 U.S. cities and that in 46 of the 50 cities, an investment in solar can perform better than the S & P 500. Jim also discusses what factors led some cities to rank higher than others and why financing is an important piece of the puzzle.

Incorporating Solar In Your Work

Solar energy has shown striking growth in recent years, steadily becoming a real economic player and energy source across the country. This presentation explains how to effectively make the case for solar, and how other regional councils have had success integrating solar into their current planning efforts. Click HERE to view the presentation.

Training and Certification Toolkit

Installer certification indicates that your region is keeping pace with national standards developed by a large base of stakeholders. Certification can save time and money because it leads to more competent solar technicians and safer installations.  This toolkit created by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up training Read More »

Firefighter Safety and Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Webinar

This webinar will share the results of research conducted by UL to examine the fire service concerns of photovoltaic (PV) systems and the potential impact of firefighting operations. These concerns included firefighter vulnerability to electrical and casualty hazards when mitigating a fire involving PV systems.

The need for this project is significant due to the increasing use of PV systems, growing at a rate of 30% annually. As a result of greater utilization, traditional firefighter tactics for suppression, ventilation and overhaul have been complicated, leaving firefighters vulnerable to potentially severe hazards. Though the electrical and fire hazards associated with PV systems have been known for some time, a very limited body of knowledge and insufficient data exists to understand the risks to the extent that the fire service has been unable to develop safety solutions and respond in a safe manner.

During the webinar, presenter Bob Backstrom from UL’s Corporate Research Department and Dennis Grubb, Assistant Fire Marshal from the Orange County Fire Authority will share data and specific examples that will assist local governments and the fire service community to develop best practices to reduce firefighter death and injury. To access a recording of the webinar, click here.

Profiles in Regional Solar Planning: A Handbook and Resource Guide

The Guide is intended to provide guidance specifically to regional planning organizations on the unique roles they can play to move solar energy deployment forward in their regions.

View the guide here.