SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership
APA is working with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and alongside ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability on the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Through this effort, APA and its partners will provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to local and regional governments to help them implement solar energy in their communities.
A key part of SolarOPs is sharing best practices and lessons learned in order to overcome barriers to solar energy. The outreach partnership will utilize training workshops, web-based resources, and peer-to-peer sharing opportunities. DOE's compilation of best practices titled "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments" serves as a foundation for outreach efforts.
Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Planning
Starting in August, the Solar Outreach Partnership will be presenting a webinar series titled Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Planning. The series is rooted in a recent set of APA briefing papers and will focus on three topics central to local planning efforts: acknowledging the importance of the solar resource from a local policy perspective, incorporating solar-supportive policies into local plans, and adopting solar-friendly development regulations. Collectively, these webinars will highlight general principles, specific techniques, and case examples to help planners, public officials, and engaged citizens identify, articulate, and accomplish their communities’ solar-related goals.
SolarOPs News and Resources
SolarOutreach.org is the new headquarters for SolarOPs news and resources. Find links to the latest SolarOPs resources and keep up-to-date on upcoming and previous SolarOPs workshops, webinars, and technical assistance opportunities.
Go to SolarOutreach.org
Ask About Planning for Solar Energy
Is your community considering a new program or policy to encourage solar energy use? If so, APA's Planning Advisory Service (PAS) wants to help. Thanks to SolarOPS, APA is extending this assistance to all looking for planning-related information about how to promote solar energy use.
Podcast: Planning for Solar Energy
APA's Green Communities Research Center has prepared a series of briefing papers to help planners and public officials understand key issues in planning for solar energy use.
PAS QuickNotes (QN) provides planning fundamentals for public officials and engaged citizens. This free QN discusses how to support solar goals through five strategic points of intervention.
Get up to speed on how to allow and encourage this clean, safe energy source in your jurisdiction with the PAS Essential Info Packet, Planning and Zoning for Solar Energy.
APA has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on planning and zoning for solar energy.