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 for the Environment Toolkit

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 »

Solar in Transportation Toolkit

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 »

Equitable Access to the Sun: Together Be More Powerful and Effective

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 »

Solar Policy Workshop- Roswell, NM

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 »

Bainbridge Island City Hall Community Solar Project

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.

Solar Policy Workshop – Missoula, MT

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 »

Solar Chicago case study

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 »

Planning for Solar Energy Through Five Strategic Points of Intervention

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.

Solar Power Purchase Agreements: a Toolkit for Local Governments

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 »

Solar Powering Your Community: Addressing Local Government Zoning

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 »