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SolSmart Issue Brief: Expanding Solar Participation Through Community Solar

| SolSmart, Electric Power Research Institute
This SolSmart Issue Brief describes the community solar model and highlights approaches for developing new projects. It discusses why community solar can be beneficial, the ingredients of successful programs, and case studies of successful community solar programs across the country.
Government Operations
Webinar

SolSmart Webinar: Expanding Solar Participation through Community Solar

| SolSmart
This SolSmart webinar describes the community solar concept and the various models employed to implement it. It also discusses the enabling regulatory and legislative conditions that are key to deployment, and presents several case studies that can be emulated by other communities.
Webinar

SolSmart Webinar: Developing and Promoting Solar at the Regional Level

| SolSmart
In this SolSmart webinar, panelists discuss case studies of how regional organizations promote and help implement effective local solar policies. Panelists also examine SolSmart’s new Regional Organization Pathway, which supports regional solar efforts through the provision of no-cost technical assistance.
Community Engagement
Webinar

SolSmart Webinar: Making Solar & Electrification Policies Mutually Beneficial

| SolSmart
For local governments, using low-cost solar power can make electrification policies more cost-effective — and using electrified services wisely can make solar installations more valuable. This SolSmart webinar provides several case studies that demonstrate what some local governments are doing now to collaborate with their utilities on programs that produce complementary benefits for solar and electrification policies.
Webinar

SolSmart Webinar: Best Practices in Solar Planning and Zoning

| SolSmart
This webinar addresses best practices for including solar in land use plans and your community’s zoning ordinance. Learn how local governments can 1) Set solar development goals; 2) Ensure solar farm development creates agricultural, environmental, and water quality co-benefits; 3) Address “solar-ready” concepts in their zoning ordinances; 4) Capture benefits of solar development while minimizing risks; 5) Provide maximum siting options for rooftop and ground mount solar while preserving a community’s character and historic resources; and 6) Include solar in local planning documents.
Webinar

SolSmart Workshop: Best Practices for Solar PV Permitting (session 2, permitting II)

| SolSmart
Session 2 continues to discuss simplified solar PV permitting guidelines and ways to improve permit review for small solar systems.
Webinar

SolSmart Workshop: Best Practices for Solar PV Permitting (session 1, permitting I)

| SolSmart
Session 1 talks about simplified solar PV permitting guidelines and ways to improve permit review for small solar systems.
Website

Adams County, CO: Building Permits Interactive Map

| Adams County, Colorado
This map showcases Adams County, Colorado’s database of building permits, including solar related permits.
Report

Expanding Solar Access: Pathways for Multifamily Housing

| Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
This guide outlines two potential paths to enable greater solar access for renters and multifamily residents, and low-to-moderate income communities: on-site shared solar and off-site/remote shared solar.
Webinar

SolSmart Workshop: Best Practices for Solar PV Inspection

| SolSmart
Session 3 reviews best practices for conducting field inspections for small solar PV systems.
Permitting and Inspection