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.

New Jersey Solar Siting Guide

The Solar Guidebook for New Jersey Municipalities provides a comprehensive background for New Jersey municipalities on solar PV systems, state legislation that affects the siting of these systems, and the appropriate tools and methods municipalities can use to incorporate solar PV systems into their community’s vision.

Solar Energy’s Emerging Role in Agriculture

Today more and more farmers are noticing the benefits of integrating solar energy onto their farms. Solar energy allows farmers to independently meet their high energy needs, eliminate the risks associated with fossil fuels, and reduce the farm’s impact on the environment. NARC’s latest Solar Outreach Partnership case study highlights Pinehold Gardens, a 21 acre farm in Milwaukee that selected to adopt solar energy in order to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint and monthly electricity bill.

Solar in Remote Applications in the U.S.: Challenges & Implications for Local Policy

Since the landfall of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, municipalities and jurisdictions in the United States have been increasingly focused on the vulnerability of their electricity infrastructure and enhancing resilience to extreme events. Renewable energy and distributed generation resources have a critical role to play in increasing the resilience of electric grids.

Solar PV and Glare

A common misconception about solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is that they inherently cause or create “too much” glare, posing a nuisance to neighbors and a safety risk for pilots. While solar PV systems can produce glare, light absorption, rather than reflection, is central to the function of solar PV panels. This fact sheet describes the basic issues surrounding glare from solar PV panels, the new Federal Aviation Administration guidance, and the implications for local governments.

Solar Panels in Right-of-Way

Learn how the Town of Carver, Massachusetts used a public-private partnership to install solar panels in their right-of-way.

SolarShares: Expanding Access to Solar Power

Community shared solar programs offer a key soft cost reduction opportunity, particularly for publicly owned utilities. The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, presents a case study showing how the Sacramento Municipal Utility District has been able to market its SolarShares program to its customers and meet some of its overall customer demand for solar with off-site utility-scale projects that can take advantage of strategic siting and maximize benefits to the utility grid.

Innovative Solar PV Financing Methods: Invest In Solar PV through Energy Services Performance Contracting

Performance contracts are a common type of public-private partnership between an energy services company and a local government that result in significant guaranteed energy and cost savings. This week, the North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership released Integrating Solar PV into Energy Services Performance Contracts: Options for Local Governments Nationwide (HERE), a resource for local governments interested in both reducing their energy costs and providing a boost to local economic development.

Customer Guides to Going Solar for Duke Energy Customers in North Carolina

As part of a SolarOPs-funded technical assistance and outreach effort to help our fellow North Carolinians cut their energy costs with innovative technology, the North Carolina Solar Center has released two Residential Customer’s Guides to Going Solar for residential customers of both Duke Energy Carolinas (residents of Charlotte, NC, Durham, NC and the cities of the Piedmont Triad) and Duke Energy Progress (residents of Raleigh, NC, Wilmington, NC and Asheville, NC).

Job and Economic Impacts of Solar

ICLEI Local Governments For Sustainability USA and The Solar Foundation – as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership – present a free webinar discussing job and economic impacts of solar energy.

Solar Energy Solutions for Transportation: Improving Air Quality and Saving Fuel with Solar Powered Idle Reduction Technology

This webinar focuses on how solar energy technology can be used to assist communities in meeting idle reduction standards.

To view the webinar, click here.