The benefits our natural environment reaps from the adoption of solar energy on the local level are plentiful. Implementing solar energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help protect communities from the potential adverse effects of climate change. Many regions have taken steps to become stewards of their surrounding environment by incorporating environmental sustainability into comprehensive plans or policies. Others are required to meet certain goals and standards established by the state to reduce their carbon footprints and improve the overall quality of life for the community. Incorporating solar energy into these plans can augment all of these efforts and the subsequent benefits.
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) developed the Solar for the Environment Toolkit to provide a framework for integrating solar energy into existing energy or sustainability plans. The toolkit presents basic information concerning solar energy adoption’s environmental benefits and then explores different ways to finance, plan, and implement solar energy in local communities.