DOE Launches Online Resource to Help Local Governments Expand Use of Solar Energy
October 15, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the availability of a new online resource for local governments that assists community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. The online publication, Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments, provides local governments with proven best practices enabling them to drive economic development, support clean energy jobs, and reduce carbon emissions by building a robust local solar market.
"The Guide is based on successful projects in cities across the United States, bringing together information, best practices, and step-by-step instructions into a single resource that can help local governments accelerate the adoption of solar technologies," said Solar Energy Technologies Program Manager John Lushetsky. "The recommendations in the Guide have been successfully field tested in cities around the country, making it a valuable resource for any community that wants to reap the environmental and economic benefits of solar energy."
The publication outlines best practices and lessons learned from 25 Solar America Cities and other local governments across the nation that have successfully increased solar energy use in their communities. It also describes the country's most innovative solar programs and policies, explains the benefits, provides implementation tips, and includes brief case studies.
The best practices outlined in the Guide have been designed to meet the needs of local governments from small municipalities to large counties and metropolitan centers in diverse geographic areas. Topics included in the Guide include: strategies for solar initiatives, incentives, updating and enforcing local rules and regulations, engaging utilities, creating solar jobs and supporting economic development, outreach and education, and leading by example by installing solar on government buildings.
Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments is available on the Solar America Cities Web site.
For more information about the Solar America Cities visit the Solar America Cities Web site.