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.

Solar Case Study: Aurora, Colorado

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.

To view this case study, click here.

2011 ICMA Solar Survey Summary Results

Survey results cover challenges to solar energy development, local initiatives, permitting and interconnection, planning, and financing options.

Wind Turbines by the US Department of Energy

Horizontal & Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

Energy 101: Solar PV

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.

Installing Solar Panels on Historic Buildings

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.

Regional Solar Podcast: Solar Brownfield Development

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.

To listen to this podcast, click here.