Distributed solar energy has benefits for residents and business owners, municipal governments, and the electric grid. For local governments, solar energy can create jobs and opportunities for local economic development while also providing environmental benefits and contributing to a changing power sector. This toolkit provides general resources on solar, focusing on myths and misconceptions and the costs and benefits of solar.
In an effort to reduce solar soft costs and assist local governments and other public entities seeking to install and finance rooftop solar systems, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has developed a comprehensive toolkit on retail solar power purchase agreements (PPAs). Under the PPA model, a third party owns a solar energy system located on the Read More »
Under the Department of Energy’s Solar Outreach Partnership, SEPA undertook this effort–as the first in a series of educational publications–to assist those seeking to become more familiar with the solar industry. To lead the series, a focus on solar technology basics is placed in the forefront. The Solar Fundamentals: Technology report (Solar Fundamentals – Vol. 1: Read More »
Following the release of The Solar Foundation’s Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools under the SolarOPs program, our team has been working to help more K-12 public schools go solar through our technical assistance program. As part of this effort, we have developed a Toolkit for Installing Solar on K-12 Schools to Read More »
Most Americans are unaware of the true financial value of solar today. Seen by many as a technological luxury, solar energy is not seriously considered as an option by most homeowners in the U.S. In this report, the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center analyzed the financial value of solar to residential customers in America’s 50 Read More »
The Solar Foundation (TSF), under the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, is in the process of contracting with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop a modified version of the Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Solar PV model. The JEDI models are free, user-friendly tools that estimate the economic impacts of Read More »
s part of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI and IREC hosted half-day workshop on March 21, 2013 to provide technical assistance to local government officials in Eastern Alameda County, CA and surrounding communities who are interested in learning about ways to improve their permitting processes for solar facilities. Targeting Planning and Building Department Staff and Municipal Sustainability Committee Members, the workshop covered the three primary components of the solar permitting process—the pre-application stage, application submittal, and facility inspection, along with suggestions on how to improve and streamline the permitting process in ways that benefit the permitting authority, as well as solar installers and their customers.