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 are providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to local and regional governments to make it easier for residents, businesses, and property owners within their jurisdictions to use solar energy. DOE's compilation of best practices titled "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments" serves as a foundation for the partnership’s efforts.

Find the latest SolarOPs resources and keep up to date on upcoming and previous SolarOPs workshops, webinars, and technical assistance opportunities.

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SolarOPs Resources

PAS Report 575 cover: Planning for Solar EnergyPlanning for Solar Energy (PAS Report)

This comprehensive and authoritative report from APA's Planning Advisory Service provides planners with a basic rationale for planning for solar energy use, summarizes the fundamental characteristics of the U.S. solar market as they relate to local solar energy use, and explains how planners can take advantage of five strategic points of intervention to promote solar energy use.

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NEW! Solar Powering Sunnyside

Solar Powering Sunnyside is a new participatory planning exercise that uses game play to help community members understand solar development options from a land-use planning perspective.

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Solar Planning & Zoning Data Search

Through this portal you can search hundreds of examples of solar-supportive plans, development regulations, and other planning-related implementation tools.

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Ask About Planning for Solar Energy

Is your community considering a new program or policy to encourage solar energy use? 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.

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Planning for Solar Energy (Briefing Papers)

This series of six briefing papers covers a range of specific topics related to planning for solar energy use. Each paper tackles a different aspect of the issue with a special emphasis on how local plans and implementation tools can reduce barriers to local solar energy use.

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Planning for Solar Energy (PAS QuickNotes)

This handout presents an overview of five strategic points of intervention for promoting solar energy use.

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Webinar: Using Solar Energy to Enhance Community Resilience

Through its participation in the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, APA presented a free webinar on February 26, 2015, exploring how communities can use solar development to enhance resilience.

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Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Planning (Webinar Series)

In late 2013, APA coordinated a SolarOPs webinar series focusing 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.

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Solar Briefing Papers

As part of APA's participation in the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the Green Communities Research Center has prepared a series of briefing papers designed to help planners and public officials understand some key issues in planning for solar energy use.

Solar Briefing Papers

Solar FAQ

APA has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on planning and zoning for solar energy.

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Podcast: Planning for Solar Energy