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 benefits our natural environment reaps from the adoption of solar energy on the local level are plentiful. Implementing solar energy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help protect communities from the potential adverse effects of climate change. Many regions have taken steps to become stewards of their surrounding environment by incorporating environmental sustainability into Read More »
The integration of solar technology can help meet a number of goals related to transportation and energy, yet the use of solar in transportation is still in the nascent stages for many communities. As a result, there is tremendous opportunity for future growth in this area. Solar energy can help your region meet air quality Read More »
Imagine if you could suffice your home or business energy needs through harnessing the natural sun light without causing a serious dent on your bank account; would you consider adopting solar energy? Money may not always be the sole barrier to going solar. You may encounter other challenges such as not having adequate space to Read More »
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with The City of Roswell to provide a free policy workshop to local government officials in Roswell, NM. This workshop was designed to provide an provide an in-depth look at Roswell’s solar policies and practices and Read More »
Community Energy Solutions’ Joe Deets discusses the Bainbridge Island City Hall Community Solar project, in this National Association of Regional Councils podcast. Deets played a vital role in spearheading legislation that allows people in Washington State to invest in Community Solar projects. As a result, Community Energy Solutions partnered with the City of Bainbridge Island to create an investor-funded Community Solar project at its City Hall. Deets discusses this solar initiative from its inception in 2005 to its completion in 2012.
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with The City of Missoula to provide a free policy workshop to local government officials in Missoula, MT. This workshop was designed to provide an provide an in-depth look at Missoula’s solar policies and practices Read More »
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded the City of Chicago a SunShot grant to reduce solar soft costs, or the non-hardware costs of solar. With this grant, Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched the Chicago Solar Express program, streamlining the city’s permitting, zoning, and interconnection processes. By 2014, the City had a newly streamlined solar Read More »
Listen to the American Planning Association’s David Morley discuss the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) report, Planning for Solar Energy, in this NARC podcast. Morley explains how the report provides planners, public officials, and other community stakeholders with a basic rationale for solar energy use planning and how solar planners can take advantage of five strategic points of intervention to promote solar energy in their community. To download a free copy of the report please visit www.planning.org.
In an effort to reduce solar soft costs and assist local governments and other public entities seeking to install and finance rooftop solar systems, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has developed a comprehensive toolkit on retail solar power purchase agreements (PPAs). Under the PPA model, a third party owns a solar energy system located on the Read More »
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEIUSA), the Solar Foundation, and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center collaborated with the Lumber River Council of Governments to provide a free solar zoning workshop to local government officials in the Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland Counties in NC , interested in Read More »