There is a growing interest in using renewable energy options like solar to improve community resiliency. During extreme weather events, solar can help prevent power outages by providing emergency energy to critical facilities and recovery efforts. Solar can provide electricity to remote or less accessible areas, and is flexible enough to be a mobile or temporary power source. In addition to resiliency planning, there are efforts to promote new safety education and guidelines for solar installation, especially related to fire prevention. Also, there is rising interest in how solar can influence homeland security. Not only does greater solar deployment reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy, a large network of distributed energy generation like solar can mitigate energy security concerns by reducing reliance on a single regional power source.
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) created the Solar for Safety, Security, and Resilience Toolkit to demonstrate the different ways of thinking about and incorporating solar energy into ongoing public safety, homeland security, and resiliency initiatives. The toolkit is designed to outline each of the necessary decisions and actions to solar energy integration in the region. It presents basic information about the benefits of adopting solar energy to increase regional resiliency and preparedness, and then explores different ways to finance, plan, and implement solar energy in local communities.