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 Foundation Job Census 2013

The National Association of Regional Councils spoke with Philip Haddix, Manager of Outreach and Policy at the Solar Foundation, to discuss their award-winning National Solar Jobs Census report. The Census counts the number of solar workers across the U.S. solar value chain. In 2013, the U.S. solar industry employed over 142,000 solar workers, a 20% increase Read More »

Solar Powering Your Community: Jackson, MS

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Jackson region on August 5, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more >>

Solar Powering Your Community: Raleigh, NC

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Raleigh region on August 19, 2015. Areas of focus included: energy planning to facilitate solar installations; state and local incentives for solar energy; innovative financing options for solar projects; and why solar is viable for the region. Case study examples highlighted successful practices and lessons learned from communities that have undertaken solar projects in these focus areas. Read more>>

Solar Powering Your Community: Henderson, NC

This interactive workshop, presented by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, provided actionable information on creating a local-level solar program in the Henderson region on August 20, 2015.

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Closing the Solar Income Gap: Greater Access, Proven Policies, and Community Engagement

Continued and precipitous cost reduction combined with improved financing options and regulatory processes, the solar boom continues with a record 40GW of solar power added to the world’s grids in 2014 bringing the global cumulative capacity to over 178GW. The U.S. also celebrated a record year with the largest PV installation in a single year. However, the benefits of such solar momentum seem yet to spread across the spectrum of U.S. household incomes. More than 49 million households that earn less than $40,000 of income per year make up 40 percent of all U.S. households, but represents less than 5 percent of solar installations. This hour-long webinar session convenes a panel of experts and practitioners to discuss and share policies and practices designed to help close the solar income gap.

Grand Valley Power’s Low-Income Community Solar Program

In this Case Study, Grand Valley Power (GVP) shows how they have extended their unique community solar program to historically underserved low-income communities in the Grand Junction, CO area. Through a winning combination of community solar experience and partnerships with nonprofits like Grid Alternatives Colorado (GRID), GVP’s low-income community solar program seeks to create a sustainable framework that brings solar to new customers throughout their service area.

Solar Energy and Municipal Buildings Guide

ICLEI USA and Meister Consulting Group have developed a 2-page introductory guide addressing some of the hurdles that local governments encounter when considering installing solar.  There are huge benefits for local governments to go solar, but the process can be tricky and full of pitfalls.  This guide does not attempt to address all of the Read More »

Solar Outreach Partnership Workshop Map

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) created an interactive map to provide access to workshop presentations and materials from over 60 regional and national workshop held across the country since 2011. Click any marker on the map to access that workshop’s presentation materials and host information. Presentation materials are designed to be downloaded and Read More »

DELAWARE GOES SOLAR: A GUIDE FOR RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS

This guide provides comprehensive information for Delaware residents interested in installing a home solar energy system. Residents will learn about the basics of how solar photovoltaic systems work, how much they cost, options for financing a system, and how much customers can save by going solar. The guide breaks down expected savings for customers given Read More »

Solar for Safety, Security, and Resilience Toolkit

There is a growing interest in using renewable energy options like solar to improve community resiliency. During extreme weather events, solar can help prevent power outages by providing emergency energy to critical facilities and recovery efforts. Solar can provide electricity to remote or less accessible areas, and is flexible enough to be a mobile or Read More »