There is rising interest in understanding and planning for clean, safe, reliable sources of energy at the region level. As the demand for energy continues to grow and as budgets shrink, communities often look regionally to find energy solutions. Thanks to recent technology advancements, cost reductions and policy changes, solar energy is a viable, cost-effective solution for communities. With increased attention and funding for “green” business development, communities recognize the great opportunity solar provides in developing a strong energy economy. Whether you’re just curious about solar energy or you’ve already installed solar on your government facilities, here you’ll find timely and actionable information including making the case for solar, how to finance and plan your solar projects, and the technical assistance to successfully implement your projects.
This handbook 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 practical resource for understanding the complexities of solar energy and learning how other regional councils have worked on solar throughout the country. Download or click the image to view the handbook.
Solar Deployment Toolkits
The Solar Deployment Toolkits guide regional councils on how to conceptualize and incorporate solar into various planning initiatives. Learn how solar energy can be used to enhance your region’s natural environment, economic development goals, public safety planning, and transportation network. Discover how to make the case for solar to stakeholders in your community, finance solar projects, plan for solar, and implement it so that it benefits these four issue areas.
Solar Outreach Partnership Workshops
This interactive map provides access to workshop presentations and materials from over 60 regional and national workshop held across the country since 2011. Presentation materials are designed to be downloaded and used as educational resources for regional councils interested in solar energy adoption. Click any marker on the map to access that workshop’s presentation materials and host information. See the SolarOPs Workshop Page for a full list of workshops as well as testimonials from several past events.
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The SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs)
NARC, as a part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), is working to increase the use and integration of solar energy technologies in regions and communities across the country. Solar OPs supports local governments and regional organizations committed to making solar a mainstream energy source. Through this partnership, NARC and other partners are providing outreach, technical analysis, and assistance to expand local and regional governments’ innovative efforts to accelerate local adoption of solar energy in their facilities and community-wide.
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism. NARC advocates for and provides services to its member councils of government and metropolitan planning organizations.