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Community Solar Program Design Models

| Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)
This report – funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office – provides essential facts and figures regarding generating capacity, subscription rates, and other performance metrics for the community solar market.
Government Operations
Criteria: PZ-22 (Standard Pathway)

Ashland Municipal Code, Chapter 18.70: Solar Access

| City of Ashland, Oregon
An example of a municipal code with solar access guidelines.
Planning and Zoning
Criteria: CE-4 (Standard Pathway)

Consumer Protection Primer

| Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
As businesses navigate the wide variety of consumer protection rules, this guide will introduce solar companies – both rooftop and community solar providers – to federal and state consumer protection laws and offer some tips for training employees, complaint procedures, and evaluating third-party service providers.
Community Engagement

Understanding the CAL FIRE: Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guide

| Brooks Engineering
This guide covers fire safety best practices in solar installation related to marking, access/pathways, DC conductors, and other topics.
Planning and Zoning

Solar Ready: An Overview of Implementation Practices

| National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
This report explores solar ready legislation, certification programs for solar ready design/construction, and stakeholder education as avenues to encourage solar ready design and construction.
Planning and Zoning

Inspection Appointments

| Nottingham, New Hampshire
An example of a community’s inspection appointments page.
Permitting and Inspection

Handbook on Siting Renewable Energy Projects While Addressing Environmental Issues

| U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This handbook provides tools to help interested parties determine the overall feasibility of siting renewable energy production and some key considerations for integrating renewable energy development during all phases of typical cleanup processes (e.g., during the environmental assessment, cleanup plan, or cleanup implementation) in the EPA Superfund, Brownfields, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action programs.
Planning and Zoning

Solar Briefing Papers: Recycling Land for Solar Energy Development

| American Planning Association
A paper detailing how local officials and citizens can utilize vacant properties for solar energy development. Topics include community roles in the solar development process, identifying potential sites, and assessing site constraints.
Planning and Zoning

Solar Briefing Papers: Integrating Solar Energy into Local Government Regulations (“Creating Incentives”)

| American Planning Association
This paper covers local development regulation topics such as removing barriers, creative, incentives, and enacting standards in order to encourage solar development.
Planning and Zoning

Implementing Solar PV Projects on Historic Buildings and in Historic Districts

| National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
This report details topics such as the balancing of solar and historic preservation as well as the implementation of solar in historic properties/districts.