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Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for Arizona Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

April 23, 2016 by
Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for Arizona communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems. To view the full document, please click here.

Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for Florida Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

April 23, 2016 by
Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for Florida communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems. To view the full document, click here.

Model Solar Guidelines: A Resource for New Jersey Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

April 23, 2016 by
Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for New Jersey communities – that allow for solar installations to occur in a way that balances homeowners’ ability to install solar energy systems and legitimate community concerns about these systems. To view the full document, please click here.

Solar Policy Workshop Guide

February 4, 2016 by
This solar strategy guide is intended for local governments interested in improving local solar policies and developing the local market, but are unsure of where to begin. These steps will help your community review current practices and identify the greatest opportunities for improvement. To view the full document, please click here.

Solar Policy Tool Kit

February 4, 2016 by
Despite dramatic declines in recent years, upfront costs remain a significant barrier to increased deployment of solar technologies. The solar market is a policy-driven market, strongly influenced by policies meant to reduce upfront costs and increase the value of solar production. This toolkit provides clear and comprehensive information on major solar policies in the United Read More »

Greensboro Policy Workshop

January 29, 2016 by
On January 28, 2016, SolarOPs held a policy workshop for the City of Greensboro, NC.  This workshop provided an overview of solar market trends, as well as the policies currently in place from the federal to local level that affect solar development in Greensboro. Workshop presenters provided an in-depth look at Greensboro‘s solar policies and practices, Read More »

Solarize Programs Toolkit

December 18, 2015 by
Solarize programs are a way for municipalities and other organizations to coordinate group purchases of solar systems through a community-based campaign. Solarize programs can lower the cost of solar installations, provide lasting increases in installation rates, and jump-start local solar markets. This toolkit provides an overview of the key issues and directs readers to comprehensive resources, best practices, and lessons learned from previously implemented Solarize campaigns.

Solar Powering Your Community: Augusta, GA

November 20, 2015 by
This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Lower and Central Savannah River area on November 13, 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 Read More »

Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar PV

November 12, 2015 by
Utility Ownership of Rooftop Solar PV: An Emerging Business Model for Municipal Utilities provides an overview of the issues and opportunities a municipal utility is likely to encounter in the development of a utility-owned rooftop solar program. Prepared by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center and Meister Consultants Group, the report describes business models and important considerations for designing a program, drawing on case studies from three existing utility programs.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SOLAR-POWERED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

October 30, 2015 by
This report is intended to help local governments learn more about the opportunities available to them in solar-powered electric vehicle charging and navigate the policy and regulatory environment surrounding this technology.