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.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar Mapping

Matt Krusemark, Information Services Manager at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) joined NARC to discuss DRCOG’s solar map project. Learn more about the technologies and techniques DRCOG used to create this user-friendly method to find out a building’s solar pv potential in the Denver, Colorado region. To visit the solar map, visit www.drcog.org.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar Plans & Standards

Colleen Crowninshield and Sheila Storm, with the Pima Association of Government joined NARC to discuss their efforts to making the southern Arizona region a leader is solar deployment. To learn more about PAG, visit www.pagnet.org

National Association of Regional Councils 15 June 2011

This presentation covers two case studies of programs that bring solar to different communities and the process of implanting solar in cities.

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Financing Solar in a Fiscally Constrained Time: Power Purchase Agreements

Learn how through collaborative procurement, communities can reduce the up-front costs of solar installations by working together as a group to evaluate project sites, procure solar systems and negotiate contracts, thus yielding much lower transaction costs for each individual partner.

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Regional Solar Podcast: Renewable Energy Certificates

A Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) is a tradable certificate representing the generation of one megawatt hour of electricity from a renewable energy source. Rich Deming, Senior partner at Calor Energy and Walter Putnam, partner at Shift Equity, joined the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to discuss how local governments can utilize RECs as easily as Read More »

Community Choice Aggregation: A Tool for Municipalities Webinar

This webinar will focus on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs. Through CCA programs, municipalities are empowered to negotiate electric supply rates with power providers on behalf of the residents and business owners within their jurisdiction, often resulting in significantly lower electricity rates. In addition to the financial benefits of CCA, many communities have used aggregation as a mechanism to promote cleaner sources of electric generation.

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Solar Case Study: Lenox, Massachusetts

Lenox, a small town in the Berkshire Hills, is a Massachusetts Green Community. As a Green Community, Lenox received grant funding from the state, and the town has invested a portion of this funding into a grant program to help residents install solar on their homes. With neighboring Pittsfield, Lenox is also participating in theSolarizeMass program, a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and participating communities around the state.

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Solar Case Study: Solarize

Community-Based Collective Purchasing in West Linn, Lake Oswego, and Clackamas County, Oregon In March 2012, the cities of West Linn and Lake Oswego, Oregon launched Solarize West Linn-Lake Oswego, a community-led solar initiative, supported by both cities, Clackamas County, and a grant from the city of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Clackamas County also supported a Solarize campaign along with the county’s Oregon State University extension service – Growing Solar Clackamas County.

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Solar Case Study: Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, California has made solar a priority. The city has several municipal installations, a robust set of solar design guidelines, and a Solar Design Reconition Program, which recognizes excellence in design of both active and passive solar systems. The city also supported the local Solarize Santa Barbara campaign.

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“Solar Powering Your Community” Workshops Power through Southeast and Midwest

The Sunshot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) just completed two regional solar tours. Each successful half-day “Solar Powering Your Community” workshop provided participants with an overview of policies and regulations that impact solar adoption, as well as specific discussions of options for financing public-and private-sector solar projects. The workshops were designed to provide actionable information on overcoming local-level barriers to solar, addressing soft costs, and implementing a successful local solar program in areas including: 1) revising zoning codes and ordinances to allow for solar; 2) streamlining permitting processes to facilitate solar installations; 3) financing solar projects; and 4) installing solar on municipal and other community facilities.

Over the course of the tours, SolarOPs speakers heard from local governments across the Southeast and Midwest about successful solar programs, as well as how to address the challenges they face. The Solar Trainers were able to provide a wide range of resources for attendees and helped identify possible next steps to solar adoption.

To view a list of cities where local representatives designed, developed and implemented half-day workshops, click here.