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.

Efficient Solar Permitting For Your Jurisdiction: Boulder County, Colorado

As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), ICLEI Local Governments For Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) collaborated with Boulder County to provide a free solar permitting workshop for local governments in the Boulder County Region. The interactive session covered the three primary components of the Read More »

Commercial PACE: Facts & Benefits

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing program, supported by state and local governments, designed to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency technology adoption. Commercial PACE programs help property owners cover the upfront costs associated with the technologies installed during building retrofits that help make the building’s operations more environmentally sustainable.

Understanding Sales Tax Incentives for Solar Energy Systems

One method some state and local governments have used to incentivize solar adoption is to exempt solar energy equipment from sales taxes. Sales taxes can add significant costs to the total price of an energy system, so full or partial exemptions can make a meaningful difference in the value proposition of installing solar. Sales taxes, Read More »

SolarOP’s Resources & Technical Assistance

The Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) offers free solar resources and TA for local governments interested in advancing solar in their communities. If your community has identified a specific barrier in deploying solar, SolarOPs might be able to provide customized assistance.

Going Solar in America: Demonstrating Rooftop Solar PV’s “Dollars & Cents” Value in America’s 50 Largest Cities

The hour-long session features NC Clean Energy Technology Center’s recently released Going Solar in America reports. Lead author Jim Kennerly from the center will discusses key findings of their reports, including results showing that financed solar is already at grid parity in 42 out of the largest 50 U.S. cities and that in 46 of the 50 cities, an investment in solar can perform better than the S & P 500. Jim also discusses what factors led some cities to rank higher than others and why financing is an important piece of the puzzle.

Solar Fundamentals – Vol. 1: Technology

Under the Department of Energy’s Solar Outreach Partnership, SEPA undertook this effort–as the first in a series of educational publications–to assist those seeking to become more familiar with the solar industry. To lead the series, a focus on solar technology basics is placed in the forefront. The Solar Fundamentals: Technology report (Solar Fundamentals – Vol. 1: Read More »

Solar on Multi-Unit Buildings: Policy and Financing Options to Address Split Incentives

Multi-unit buildings, including apartment complexes and office buildings, are ubiquitous in the U.S. and offer a relatively untapped opportunity for rooftop solar. The costs and benefits of going solar, however, are not always aligned, as building occupants pay the electric bills while the building owner typically pays the costs of energy improvements. This factsheet highlights policy and financing options to address this “split-incentive” problem.

Toolkit: Installing Solar on K-12 Schools

Following the release of The Solar Foundation’s Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools under the SolarOPs program, our team has been working to help more K-12 public schools go solar through our technical assistance program. As part of this effort, we have developed a Toolkit for Installing Solar on K-12 Schools to Read More »

Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools

In a first-of-its-kind report tracking the use of solar energy at K-12 schools in the United States, The Solar Foundation has developed the most comprehensive understanding to date of how schools are using and financing solar energy and the potential for still more schools to benefit from the technology.

Resource Hub: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

Broadly, resilience refers to the ability of a community – its systems, institutions, and residents – to adapt to changing conditions or to recover from an emergency event or disaster. As awareness of the risks posed by a changing climate grows, an increasing number of communities have identified resilience as a key component of sustainability. Read More »