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Bainbridge Island City Hall Community Solar Project

May 7, 2015 by
Community Energy Solutions’ Joe Deets discusses the Bainbridge Island City Hall Community Solar project, in this National Association of Regional Councils podcast. Deets played a vital role in spearheading legislation that allows people in Washington State to invest in Community Solar projects. As a result, Community Energy Solutions partnered with the City of Bainbridge Island to create an investor-funded Community Solar project at its City Hall. Deets discusses this solar initiative from its inception in 2005 to its completion in 2012.

Solar Podcast: Berea, KY

March 23, 2015 by
The community of Berea, KY applies the lessons learned after becoming a municipal utility to the creation of a solar farm. This video shows how a small city in the heart of coal country made certain its energy mix included solar energy and reflected the environmental values of its citizens. Solar Podcast: Berea, KY Click Read More »

Houston Solar America Cities Podcast

August 12, 2014 by
Jennifer Ronk, a Research Scientist with the Houston Advanced Research Center, discusses Houston’s work as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned, as well as where she sees solar as part of Houston’s future. To learn more about Houston’s work as a Solar America City, visit

Planning for Solar Energy Quicknotes

July 10, 2014 by
There is a growing desire among communities to become more sustainable. Energy conservation and renewable energy production (including solar energy) play a significant role in community sustainability goals. Public officials and engaged citizens have many opportunities throughout the planning process to help support and advance solar energy initiatives in their communities. Planning for Solar Energy Quicknotes Read More »

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

July 9, 2014 by
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 »

Solar Powering Your Community: Local Government Role in Solar Adoption

July 9, 2014 by
This PowerPoint presentation from the 2011  ICMA Annual Conference in Milwaukee describes the role of local leaders in bringing solar power to their communities. In addition, it includes specific examples of their use in a variety of places and photos.\ Solar Powering Your Community: Local Government Role in Solar Adoption Click for full resource.

Milwaukee Shines Podcast

July 8, 2014 by
Amy Heart, the Solar Program Manager with Milwaukee Shines, the city of Milwaukee’s solar program, discusses the program, its successes, challenges, and lessons learned that have come from Milwaukee’s experiences with solar since being designated as one of the Department of Energy’s 25 Solar America Cities in 2008.  To learn more about Milwaukee Shines visit Read More »

Regional Solar Podcast: How Solar Creates Jobs

February 25, 2014 by
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.

Solarize North Carolina

December 10, 2013 by
This webinar presents a case study on how Asheville is currently creating its own Solarize program and provides an open dialogue discussing how other cities can implement their own Solarize campaigns.

WEBINAR: Putting Solar Energy Use on the Local Policy Agenda

December 3, 2013 by
The first webinar in the Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Planning series. This webinar will explain why communities should be planning for solar energy use and offer some guidance to planners, public officials, and engaged citizens to help them initiate and facilitate conversations about solar in their communities.