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    • Planning for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Facilities

      PAS Memo — September-October 2019
      by: Darren Coffey, AICP
      The September-October 2019 PAS Memo examines the land-use, environmental, and economic implications of large-scale utility solar facilities and recommends planning and zoning approaches to prepare localities for these uses.
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    • Are You Solar Ready?

      Seven steps to successfully manage large-scale solar development.
      The growing demand for electricity from low-cost, large-scale solar will pose challenges as states and communities struggle to address this new form of land use and development.
    • Toward a Low-Carbon Future: Municipal Financing for Energy Efficiency and Solar Power

      Environment, January/February 2009
      by: Merrian Fuller, Stephen Portis, Daniel Kammen
      This article analyzes creative financing initiatives that promote solar development while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    • The Key to Unlocking the Power of Small Scale Renewable Energy: Local Land Use Regulations

      Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, 27(2): 339-367, 2012
      by: Patricia Salkin
      This article discusses methods to support small-scale wind and solar projects through local land use regulations.
    • Zoning for Sustainability: A Review and Analysis of the Zoning Ordinances of 32 Cities in the United States

      Journal of the American Planning Association, 80(3): 239-252, 2014
      by: Edward Jepson, AICP, Anna Haines
      This article examines how municipalities incorporate sustainability principles into local zoning regulations.
    • Dubai's Planning Paradox

      A city known for having the biggest and tallest now wants to be known for the smallest (carbon footprint).
      Can Dubai, a city transfixed by a growth-oriented approach that overshadows comprehensive planning, become a world leader in renewable energy?
    • The Sun Industry

      A look at utility-scale solar energy in central Arizona.
      With its wide-open space and plentiful sunshine, Arizona is at the top of the list for solar energy potential in the U.S.
    • Here Comes the Sun

      Community solar, or shared solar, is growing nationwide as a means of giving people a local source of solar energy, even if they don’t own a home.
      Community solar power installations are growing across the U.S., improving access for low-income housing residents.
    • Distributed Renewable Energy: Anticipating Energy Development in Communities

      PAS Memo — November-December 2012
      by: Joshua Hohn, AICP
      The November-December 2012 issue of PAS Memo defines distributed generation, discusses its benefits and obstacles to its development, and describes how regulatory and policy changes could set the stage for a substantial increase in distributed generation.
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    • Local Solar

      What do leading solar communities have in common? It may not be what you expect.
      Smaller, less urban communities are starting to generate more solar energy per capita than urban places.
    • Solar Energy and Land-Use Regulation

      Zoning Practice — November 2010
      by: Brian Ross, AICP, Suzanne Rhees, AICP
      This article provides an update on the ongoing Solar America Cities (SAC) program and shares how SAC cities have made code changes in response to the program’s call to identify and remove barriers to the use of solar energy in urban areas.
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    • Sunny Side Up

      Solar power comes into its own.
      Rooftop solar panels and utility-scale solar installations are on the rise, expanding the U.S.'s solar capacity and increasing solar's share of overall energy production in the country.
    • It's Everywhere

      Federal tax credits for solar panels have made the energy source more affordable. This articles describes how communities are taking advantage of the panels' low cost.
    • Solar Access: Using the Environment in Building Design

      Zoning Practice — April 2010
      by: Mary-Margaret Jenior, AICP
      This article highlights the elements of solar building design and discusses how communities can use land use controls to promote and protect solar access.
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    • The Commissioner — April 2014

      In The Commissioner's April 2014 issue: "Solar Energy Use: Local Planning Issue," "Composition and Function of the Planning Commission," "Communicating in an Electronic Age," and more.
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    • Renewable Energy Gets Real

      Turning local resources into green assets.
      Experts say we are at the beginning of a third wave of renewable energy, one that is focused on energy resilience and community-level energy independence. For municipalities and public agencies that pursue local electric generation, there are real benefits in the form of saving fossil fuels, saving money, and boosting the local economy but also real limits on what local resources can provide.
    • Balancing the Solar Access Equation

      Zoning Practice — April 2009
      by: Abigail Feldman, Daniel Marks, AICP
      This article explores the growing trend to protect light access for solar energy systems and explains how planners may need to guide land-use policy development to avoid unintended consequences.
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    • The ABCs of Solar

      Schools across the country are saving serious money by putting solar power to work.
      Schools are saving money with solar power.

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