Resources

Welcome! The SolarOPs Resource Center connects you to the resources that best fit your needs. Aimed at local governments, resources are arranged sequentially to help along the solar process – Beginning, Financing, Planning, Implementing, and Training. There are also four document criteria definitions – Case Study, Video, Toolkit, and Date of Publication. Click the boxes below to view the resources in each category.

This portable solar generator with battery storage is safe for freeway travel and can be set up by one person in 10 minutes. Credit: Bill McEntire (NREL 09471)

Resource Hub: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

Broadly, resilience refers to the ability of a community – its systems, institutions, and residents – to adapt to changing conditions or to recover from an emergency event or disaster. As awareness of the risks posed by a changing climate grows, an increasing number of communities have identified resilience as a key component of sustainability. Read More »

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

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

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 Texas Homeowners’ Associations to Facilitate Solar Projects

Model HOA solar design guidelines developed specifically for Texas 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

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

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

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

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 »

Solar Financing and Economic Development

Understanding how solar PV projects are financed (and understanding the tools necessary to understand solar-related economic development) is critical for any local government looking to grow their local solar market. This toolkit is intended to provide readers with many of the key resources necessary for understanding both the basics of solar finance and economic development and some of the important nuances that must be considered when promoting or pursuing associated policies or other related activities.

Making the Case for Solar Toolkit

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.