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 Economic Development Toolkit

Most people are familiar with solar energy’s environmental benefits, but solar energy adoption also presents numerous economic and community development opportunities. Solar expands local markets, reduces electricity costs, improves business competitiveness, and increases property values. It leads to short term jobs in construction, installation, and site development as well as long term positions in facility Read More »

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 »

Bring Solar to Your Community: Themes, Summaries and Insights from 27 Case Studies

This document was developed by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership to distill themes and insights of roof-top solar PV deployment gained from 27 case studies of local government efforts regarding policies, planning, investments, financing mechanisms, partnerships, and education.  The local governments featured include Ann Arbor, MI Asheville, NC Barnstable, MA Beaverton, OR Berea, KY Bristol, Read More »

Solar Case Study: Ventura, CA

This case study focuses on the solar installation at Todd Road Jail in Ventura, California. Solar Case Study: Ventura, CA Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Solarize Asheville

This case study provides detailed information on the Solarize program in Asheville, North Carolina. Solar Case Study: Solarize Asheville Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II

This case study details Solar Ready II, a partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Energy to eliminate market barriers and lower soft costs for solar for local governments at a regional and national scale. Solar Case Study: Solar Ready II Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Richmond, CA

This case study focuses on how Richmond was able to adopt solar technologies in low-income residential communities. Solar Case Study: Richmond, CA Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Nashville, TN

This case study details how Nashville incorporated solar into their new convention center using innovative ideas to save the city energy and expense. Solar Case Study: Nashville, TN Click for full resource.

Solar Case Study: Milwaukee, WI

This case study focuses on sustainability planning and Milwaukee Shines, a partnership between public institutions, private businesses, and nonprofit agencies that supports solar implementation in Milwaukee. Solar Case Study: Milwaukee, WI Click for full resource.