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.
Solar Success Stories: How Resources Created Under The Solar Outreach Partnership Have Helped Communities Shine
Resources created under the Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) help local governments and community members better understand solar markets, policy implications, and the benefits of going solar. This case study describes how four resources created under SolarOPs have made a tangible impact in helping communities accelerate solar adoption.
This handbook created by the National Association of Regional Councils is a comprehensive guide to implementing solar energy at the regional level. The handbook identifies seven key strategies that regional councils can use to successfully drive solar adoption in their jurisdictions. Focused on regionally-specific actions, tools and case studies, this handbook seeks to be a Read More »
As part of the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI and IREC hosted half-day workshop on April 4th, 2013 to provide technical assistance to local government officials in California’s Mono and Alpine Counties, Mammouth Lakes, CA and surrounding communities who are interested in learning about ways to improve their permitting processes for solar facilities.
The SunShot Resource Center provides a plethora of state-specific resources on solar technology and its implementation, including case studies, fact sheets, how-to guides, model ordinances, technical reports, and sample government documents.
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The Guide is intended to provide guidance specifically to regional planning organizations on the unique roles they can play to move solar energy deployment forward in their regions.
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Aurora, Colorado is pursuing solar as part of the city’s larger sustainability strategy. In 2009, the city, population 325,078, updated its Comprehensive Plan to include a Sustainability Plan with goals for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and economic growth. Aurora now has three solar PV installations on city properties and three solar thermal installations on city properties with plans for a fourth. Additionally, Aurora has a streamlined permitting process and has adopted a renewable energy ordinance.
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Survey results cover challenges to solar energy development, local initiatives, permitting and interconnection, planning, and financing options.
Horizontal & Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.
This guide offers a pathway to better integration of solar energy systems onto historic resources. The sections within this document provide an explanation of solar energy technology, descriptions of the current regulatory context governing the use of solar panels on historic properties at the state and local level, and propose regulatory solutions that take into consideration the value of both historic and energy resources.
This podcast features Dennis DiZoglio, Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission in Massachusetts, discussing their innovative program to help local governments in the Merrimack Valley build solar energy systems on brownfields and other sites.
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