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Solar Energy

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Solar Energy

Solar power offers a range of benefits to communities. It adds local jobs, improves local economies, helps achieve state and local environment and energy goals, mitigates land use issues, and strengthens energy infrastructure and independence. The solar industry is rapidly growing and creating jobs, and prices of solar technologies are dropping.

Local governments are well positioned to address many of the barriers to solar energy adoption, including complicated and time-consuming permitting and interconnection procedures, financing challenges, and a lack of awareness about solar technologies among local stakeholders.

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Fritz Kreiss

Here's a short video that describes the environmental and economic benefits of developing a Community Virtual Solar Garden in your community:
I would certainly be able to provide more information to any interested parties.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Emily Sparks

New Website Helps Local Governments Advance Solar Initiatives: All the resources a community needs to get started with solar are now in one place: the new SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) website. A resource database, calendar of events and trainings, and access to "Ask the Expert" services and technical assistance offerings are all part of the SunShot Initiative's ongoing efforts to provide timely and actionable information to local governments interested in solar energy adoption.

Emily Sparks

Follow ICMA and the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership on Twitter (@SolarOutreach) and on Google+ at

Mark Abeles-Allison

We installed a small 12 panel array on our courthouse in December. We hit a peak of 17.1 kwh today, our highest to date. Do you know of funding sources for expanding solar power for local governments?

Emily Sparks

Solar America Communities presentations now available:

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24 Oct 11