Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments

From Open Energy Information


This DOE guide is designed as a "comprehensive resource to assist local governments and stakeholders in designing and implementing a strategic local solar plan." The guide is based largely on lessons learned from the 25 cities participating in DOE's Solar America Cities and Solar America Communities programs. The guide is implementation-focused and introduces a variety of policies and programs aimed at bringing stakeholders together to organize a solar effort; determining a local solar installation baseline; developing targets; making solar affordable; updating rules and regulations; improving utility policies to facilitate connection of solar systems to the grid; using local solar to create jobs and support economic development; conducting customer outreach programs; and installing demonstration projects on government properties. Each section of the guide presents policies or programs, followed by benefits of implementing these programs, implementation tips and options, examples, and additional references and resources. The guide applies to solar photovoltaic installations, concentrating solar power, solar hot water heating, and solar space heating and cooling from the residential building to the utility scale.


This guide Presents a wide variety of policies and programs that communities can pick and choose from to plan and develop solar projects. Each policy or program is illustrated with examples of communities that have successfully implemented the program, along with external links to additional resources, including tools.


  1.  "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments"