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Solarize South Jersey Webinar

December 4, 2015 by
Solarize campaigns take advantage of the improved economics achieved through bulk purchasing of solar equipment and installation services across multiple solar energy systems in a local community. This webinar featured insights on the state of the solar industry nationally and within New Jersey, and how local stakeholders can take steps to reduce the cost of Read More »

Solar Roadmap: Your Path to Prosperity

September 15, 2015 by
Navigating the rapidly evolving solar energy market can be a challenge and charting the right course for a community requires both local and national knowledge. The Solar Roadmap platform, and its free resources, organize global best practices and make them easily accessible locally for government agencies, regional organizations, businesses and electric utilities. Learn how the Read More »

Solar Foundation Job Census 2013

September 15, 2015 by
The National Association of Regional Councils spoke with Philip Haddix, Manager of Outreach and Policy at the Solar Foundation, to discuss 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 Read More »

Solar Podcast: Solarize Asheville, NC

March 23, 2015 by
A community organizer shares strategies for the development of a Solarize program in Asheville, NC, resulting in one of the most successful Solarize campaigns in the Southeastern United States. Solar Podcast: Solarize Asheville, NC Click for full resource.

Solar Podcast: Nashville, TN

March 23, 2015 by
A mayor’s green initiative results in a high-profile civic building project that features a 211kW ‘behind the meter’ solar installation. The first-of-its-kind solar design and implementation has since been employed by another large-scale user in Tennessee: an automobile manufacturing plant. Solar Podcast: Nashville, TN Click for full resource.

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

February 19, 2015 by
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.

2011 APA Scoping Symposium Video

December 17, 2014 by
In July 2011, The American Planning Association held a scoping symposium on planning for solar energy. Hear from the participants and their insights on how to better incorporate solar into the planning process. 2011 APA Scoping Symposium Video Click for full resource.

Solar Powering Your Community: The Local Government Role in Increasing Solar Adoption Webinar

December 3, 2014 by
The Department of Energy’s Solar America Communities Outreach Partnership is focused on reducing barriers to solar adoption and increasing installed capacity by decreasing project execution time, revising zoning and building codes to allow for solar installations, and increasing access to financing options. This session examines the role that local governments can play in addressing challenges Read More »

Balancing Solar and Other Competing Interests in Communities Webinar

December 3, 2014 by
Communities have a range of goals and priorities. Sometimes, these goals can be in conflict with one another. Decisions in support of one goal may be to the detriment of another goal. Planners can help communities balance these competing interests and understand any tradeoffs. This webinar will present the potential competing interests between solar and Read More »

Lesson 6: Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities

October 7, 2014 by
Welcome to the sixth and final lesson in the Solar Powering Your Community presentation series presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership.  Lesson 6: Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities Click for full resource.