Solar Outreach Partnership Workshops

This interactive map provides access to workshop presentations and materials from over 60 regional and national conferences workshops 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. Each point on the map represents a specific city where one or multiple workshops have been held. CLICK the markers to view presentation materials and host information.

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Metropolitan Area Planning Agency

“Nebraska ranks 13th in the nation for solar potential with our bountiful farms, ranches, and open skies, yet less than 1/2 of one percent of our electricity is generated through solar power. One way to encourage rapid deployment of solar energy in Omaha and in Nebraska is to work with industry and government leaders to craft policy and incentives that support solar installations. Through educational workshops and resources provided by the Solar Outreach partnership, the Omaha-Council Bluffs region’s local governments and institutions are learning how to pave the way to a diversified energy future that includes solar.”

Daniel Lawse, Verdis Group

2015-07-13T16:18:02+00:00

Daniel Lawse, Verdis Group

“Nebraska ranks 13th in the nation for solar potential with our bountiful farms, ranches, and open skies, yet less than 1/2 of one percent of our electricity is generated through solar power. One way to encourage rapid deployment of solar energy in Omaha and in Nebraska is to work with industry and government leaders to craft policy and incentives that support solar installations. Through educational workshops and resources provided by the Solar Outreach partnership, the Omaha-Council Bluffs region’s local governments and institutions are learning how to pave the way to a diversified energy future that includes solar.”

Mid-America Regional Council

“In 2012, MARC launched an initiative to spur solar deployment in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The Solar Outreach Partnership provided us with the necessary tools and information to identify best management practices for streamlining the permitting and planning process, expanding access to financing options, and developing a local solar workforce. This guidance has contributed to a significant increase in solar capacity in Kansas and Missouri in recent years. As a Solar Ready II partner, MARC continues to improve upon these practices as well as promote and coordinate new solar friendly practices in the region.”

David Warm, Executive Director, MARC

2015-07-14T10:42:12+00:00

David Warm, Executive Director, MARC

“In 2012, MARC launched an initiative to spur solar deployment in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The Solar Outreach Partnership provided us with the necessary tools and information to identify best management practices for streamlining the permitting and planning process, expanding access to financing options, and developing a local solar workforce. This guidance has contributed to a significant increase in solar capacity in Kansas and Missouri in recent years. As a Solar Ready II partner, MARC continues to improve upon these practices as well as promote and coordinate new solar friendly practices in the region.”

Green River Area Development District

“We have the opportunity to bring energy security and economic development to Western Kentucky communities through solar energy. GRADD is increasingly interested in launching a solar initiative in the region and the Solar Outreach Partnership helps us bring together key stakeholders to develop a plan. The Solar Outreach Partnership provides us with the resources and information needed to demonstrate to our member local governments how regions from around the country are using solar energy to spur regional growth.”

Jiten Shah, Executive Director, GRADD

2015-07-14T10:43:13+00:00

Jiten Shah, Executive Director, GRADD

“We have the opportunity to bring energy security and economic development to Western Kentucky communities through solar energy. GRADD is increasingly interested in launching a solar initiative in the region and the Solar Outreach Partnership helps us bring together key stakeholders to develop a plan. The Solar Outreach Partnership provides us with the resources and information needed to demonstrate to our member local governments how regions from around the country are using solar energy to spur regional growth.”

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

“Transitioning our energy portfolio to include renewable energy brings both environmental and economic benefits. MWCOG is working with the Solar Outreach Partnership team to help local governments in the National Capital Region implement solar best practices. Educational workshops and peer-to-peer sharing events allow us to facilitate discussion between community leaders and local stakeholders to develop a comprehensive solar program in the Washington region.”

Chuck Bean, Executive Director, MWCOG

2015-07-14T10:44:19+00:00

Chuck Bean, Executive Director, MWCOG

“Transitioning our energy portfolio to include renewable energy brings both environmental and economic benefits. MWCOG is working with the Solar Outreach Partnership team to help local governments in the National Capital Region implement solar best practices. Educational workshops and peer-to-peer sharing events allow us to facilitate discussion between community leaders and local stakeholders to develop a comprehensive solar program in the Washington region.”

North Central Texas Council of Governments

“Solar energy is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States and in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area of Texas. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is actively working with its member governments to develop a common set of regulations and guidelines that protect public safety and neighborhood integrity while at the same time facilitating the installation of solar systems by interested businesses and citizens. As part of this ongoing effort, NCTCOG is participating in DOE’s Solar Outreach Partnership because of what it offers as a technical resource. North Central Texas is growing at a very fast pace and having alternative energy sources is important to its ability to sustain this growth and resulting economic activity.”

Michael Eastland, Executive Director, NCTCOG

2015-07-14T10:45:52+00:00

Michael Eastland, Executive Director, NCTCOG

“Solar energy is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States and in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area of Texas. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is actively working with its member governments to develop a common set of regulations and guidelines that protect public safety and neighborhood integrity while at the same time facilitating the installation of solar systems by interested businesses and citizens. As part of this ongoing effort, NCTCOG is participating in DOE’s Solar Outreach Partnership because of what it offers as a technical resource. North Central Texas is growing at a very fast pace and having alternative energy sources is important to its ability to sustain this growth and resulting economic activity.”

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

“In recent years, the Greater Cincinnati region has seen a tremendous increase in interest in solar energy. With the partnership of local governments, our utilities, the solar industry and other stakeholders, OKI works to address barriers to regional adoption by highlighting best practices to streamline and standardize solar practices and increase awareness of solar energy opportunities in our Tri-state region. The Solar Outreach Partnership provides us with necessary tools and resources to arm our communities with the best information and best tools available when they are considering energy alternatives.”

Mark Policinski, Executive Director, OKI

2015-07-14T10:48:36+00:00

Mark Policinski, Executive Director, OKI

“In recent years, the Greater Cincinnati region has seen a tremendous increase in interest in solar energy. With the partnership of local governments, our utilities, the solar industry and other stakeholders, OKI works to address barriers to regional adoption by highlighting best practices to streamline and standardize solar practices and increase awareness of solar energy opportunities in our Tri-state region. The Solar Outreach Partnership provides us with necessary tools and resources to arm our communities with the best information and best tools available when they are considering energy alternatives.”

Centralina Council of Governments

“Favorable renewable energy policies and incentives have helped the Charlotte Metropolitan Area become a national leader in solar energy. This workshop helped Centralina COG enable local governments with the creation of strategies to launch solar initiatives in the region. The Solar Outreach Partnership’s events provide us with a reliable platform to engage communities in discussions about their solar readiness. This workshop provided practical tools to make solar energy options more accessible and is prompting us to identify even more ways to remove unnecessary barriers to installations within our communities.”

Jim Prosser, Executive Director, Centralina COG

2015-07-14T10:49:50+00:00

Jim Prosser, Executive Director, Centralina COG

“Favorable renewable energy policies and incentives have helped the Charlotte Metropolitan Area become a national leader in solar energy. This workshop helped Centralina COG enable local governments with the creation of strategies to launch solar initiatives in the region. The Solar Outreach Partnership’s events provide us with a reliable platform to engage communities in discussions about their solar readiness. This workshop provided practical tools to make solar energy options more accessible and is prompting us to identify even more ways to remove unnecessary barriers to installations within our communities.”

Mid-Region Council of Governments

“With over 300 days of sunshine a year, solar energy is a top priority and our research has shown that it has strong economic development potential for the state. By holding interactive workshops that provide information and guidance on creating local–level solar programs, the Solar Outreach Partnership is breaking down barriers to solar deployment and helping our region meet that potential. The workshop enabled local stakeholders (both experts and novices) to network and learn more about how to further renewable energy policies in our region.”

Dewey Cave, Executive Director, MRCOG

2015-07-14T10:04:26+00:00

Dewey Cave, Executive Director, MRCOG

“With over 300 days of sunshine a year, solar energy is a top priority and our research has shown that it has strong economic development potential for the state. By holding interactive workshops that provide information and guidance on creating local–level solar programs, the Solar Outreach Partnership is breaking down barriers to solar deployment and helping our region meet that potential. The workshop enabled local stakeholders (both experts and novices) to network and learn more about how to further renewable energy policies in our region.”

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

“Solar energy has the potential to help revitalize our economy in the Miami Valley region. However, we must overcome the hurdles to implementation in order to develop a successful local-level solar program. In 2012, MVRPC and the Solar Outreach Partnership hosted seventy local officials and private sector solar advocates to discuss how local governments can revise ordinance and zoning codes, streamline the permitting and planning process, and expand access to financing options to create an environment attractive to solar. Valuable information was shared, including reports from successful Ohio-based solar projects. ”

Brian O. Martin, AICP, Executive Director, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

2015-07-13T16:11:43+00:00

Brian O. Martin, AICP, Executive Director, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

“Solar energy has the potential to help revitalize our economy in the Miami Valley region. However, we must overcome the hurdles to implementation in order to develop a successful local-level solar program. In 2012, MVRPC and the Solar Outreach Partnership hosted seventy local officials and private sector solar advocates to discuss how local governments can revise ordinance and zoning codes, streamline the permitting and planning process, and expand access to financing options to create an environment attractive to solar. Valuable information was shared, including reports from successful Ohio-based solar projects. ”

Regional Workshops

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2011


National Conference Workshops

2015

American Planning Association


International City/County Management Association


2014

International City/County Management Association


2013

National Brownfields Training Conference


National Association of Regional Councils


Young Elected Officials National Convening


International City/County Management Association


International Economic Development Council


2012

Transforming Local Governments


National Association of Regional Councils


Growing Sustainable Communities


International City/County Management Association


2011

National Brownfields Training Conference


American Planning Association


American Solar Energy Society


National Association of Regional Councils


International City/County Management Association


Solar Power International


National League of Cities


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