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Community Engagement

10 Points

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A solar landing page is a way to provide residents, businesses, and solar installers with important information about your community’s solar energy policies, processes, goals, and metrics from one centralized location. It is also a way to educate community members about solar energy topics like financing options and consumer protection best practices.
Recommended Verification:

·         Provide a link to the solar landing page.

Community Examples:

·         Pulaski County, VA | SolSmart Gold

·         Tyngsborough, MA | SolSmart Gold

Templates:

·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

Resources:

·         Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar | U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

·         Residential Consumer Guide to Solar Power | Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

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More solar companies operating in your community means residents and businesses are faced with more choices as they consider who to select for their solar project. Providing relevant local information on active solar installers can help community members make the best choice given their circumstances.
Recommended Verification:

·         Provide a link to a webpage that contains information about local solar installers and/or solar quote platforms.

Community Examples:

·         Denver, CO | SolSmart Gold

·         Schaumburg, IL | SolSmart Silver

Templates:

·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

Resources:

·         Board Certified Professionals Directory | North American Board Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

·         EnergySage | EnergySage

·         Pickmysolar | Pick My Solar

·         Solar Buyer’s Markets: Potential PV Price Savings of Online Quote Platforms | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

5 points

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Many different financing options are available for residential and commercial solar PV. Local governments can play an important role in providing access to information about available options.
Recommended Verification:

·         Provide a link to a webpage that contains information about financing options and incentives.

Community Examples:

·         Walnut Creek, CA | SolSmart Gold

·         Wood County, WI | SolSmart Gold

Templates:

·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

Resources:

·         A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs | Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)

·         Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) | North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)

·         Financing your solar panel system | EnergySage

5 points

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    Solar energy can be a new and complex topic for community members. Local governments can provide online guides and resources to help community members have a clear understanding of solar PV, allowing them to make informed decisions.
    Recommended Verification:

    ·         Provide a link to a webpage containing consumer protection resources.

    Community Examples:

    ·         Alexandria, VA | SolSmart Gold

    ·         James City County, VA | SolSmart Bronze

    Templates:

    ·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

    Resources:

    ·         Consumer Solar Checklist | Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)

    ·         EnergySage | EnergySage

    ·         Residential Issues and Existing Regulatory Framework | SolSmart’s Toolkit for Local Governments

    ·         Solar Customer Resource Portal | Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

    5 points

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      Community members are often unaware that state policy could impact their property’s solar rights. Solar rights and solar access are terms which describe the ability of property owners to utilize sunlight on their property. Each state has its own unique policy and enforcement regime.
      Recommended Verification:

      ·         Provide a link to a webpage with information about state policies relating to solar access and/or rights.

      Community Examples:

      ·         Torrance, CA | SolSmart Gold

      ·         Wilmette, IL | SolSmart Silver

      Templates:

      ·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

      Resources:

      ·         A Comprehensive Review of Solar Access Law in the United States | Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs)

      ·         Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) | North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)

      5 points

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        Homeowner Associations often aim to impose restrictive measures on solar PV systems. Community members should be aware of state policy that defines what HOAs are allowed and not allowed to do in terms of regulating solar PV systems.
        Recommended Verification:

        ·         Provide a link to a webpage with information about state policies relating to Homeowner Associations and solar PV.

        Community Examples:

        ·         Hallandale Beach, FL | SolSmart Silver

        ·         Torrance, CA | SolSmart Gold

        Templates:

        ·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

        Resources:

        ·         A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Encouraging Solar Development through Community Association Policies and Processes | The Solar Foundation

        5 Points

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        Key solar metrics such as the number of installations and total installed capacity can help communicate progress towards local and state renewable energy goals. Other related metrics could include the percentage of municipal energy provided by solar energy, installed capacity per capita and progress towards greenhouse gas emissions targets.
        Recommended Verification:

        ·         Provide a link to a webpage displaying solar PV metrics.

        Community Examples:

        ·         Boulder, CO | SolSmart Gold

        ·         Westminster, CO | Not Designated

        Templates:

        ·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

        5 points

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        Solar maps can provide community members with an estimate of the solar potential of their rooftop. Solar maps can also show the location of solar installations within a community.
        Recommended Verification:

        ·         Provide a link to the solar map for your community.

        Community Examples:

        ·         Los Angeles County, CA | Not Designated

        ·         Westminster, CO | Not Designated

        Templates:

        ·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

        Resources:

        ·         Data Explorer | Google

        ·         Go Solar Ready | Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

        ·         NY Solar Map |Sustainable CUNY

        ·         Project Sunroof | Google

        5 points

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        An engaged and informed community can encourage solar market growth and increase the likelihood that local homes and businesses will pursue solar installations. Solar informational sessions and solar tours are ways to educate community members about the solar energy and the processes involved with an installation.
        Recommended Verification:

        ·         Provide a link(s) to details about the solar informational session or tour such as an agenda, date, time, and location.

        Community Examples:

        ·         Lower Merion, PA | SolSmart Bronze

        ·         Sarasota County, FL | SolSmart Silver

        Resources:

        ·         Virtual Solar Tours | National Solar Tour

        5 points

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        Solar jobs have grown 12 times faster than the U.S. economy since 2014. As local solar markets grow, local governments can promote solar job opportunities with community colleges and workforce development organizations to ensure a well-trained, local workforce.
        Recommended Verification:

        ·         Provide posted job descriptions, screenshots from employment websites, evidence of classified ads or advertisement of job trainings.

        Community Examples:

        ·         Fitchburg, WI | SolSmart Bronze

        ·         Washington, DC | SolSmart Gold

        Templates:

        ·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

        Resources:

        ·         Solar Training Network | The Solar Foundation

        ·         Solar Workforce Development Pilot | St. Louis, MO

        ·         Workforce Development | Grid Alternatives

        5 points

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        Local governments can encourage solar market growth by highlighting solar energy goals, initiatives, and success stories through various communications strategies.
        Recommended Verification:

        ·         Provide a link to a document demonstrating encouragement of solar PV projects.

        Community Examples:

        ·         Fayetteville, AR | SolSmart Gold

        ·         Louisville, KY | SolSmart Gold

        Resources:

        ·         Stakeholder Engagement | SolSmart’s Toolkit for Local Governments

        10 Points

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        An Environmental Advisory Council, Sustainability Committees, or Climate Action Taskforce is a great way to keep residents and key stakeholders actively engaged in community energy policy and development. These groups can assist in the development of solar energy goals and strategies, lead community-based solar initiatives, and provide communication and outreach support to inform community members about solar initiatives and plans.
        Recommended Verification:

        ·         Provide meeting minutes (including a list of follow-up action items), meeting agenda, or materials prepared for the meeting (e.g., handouts and slides) from within the past year and provide documentation of the regularly scheduled frequency of these meetings.

        Community Examples:

        ·         Branford, CT | Not Designated

        ·         Fairfield, CT | SolSmart Gold

        Templates:

        ·         CE-1 SolSmart Solar Landing Page Template | SolSmart

        Resources:

        ·         Stakeholder Engagement | SolSmart’s Toolkit for Local Governments

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        Community Engagement Point Total

        70/70*

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        Total Application Points

        70*

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