Solar Decision Support and Resources for Local Governments
NREL offers decision support and resources to local governments seeking to go solar.
In support of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, these resources aim to increase the deployment of midscale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions, and empower decision makers.
City and County Solar Photovoltaics Training Program
NREL offered a no-cost PV training program for 50 cities and counties seeking to go solar on their facilities—both buildings and land. For detailed information on the training program, view the City and County Solar PV Training Series Kickoff Webinar.
The training program was divided into five modules about different steps in the solar adoption process. Videos and presentations from the modules are available below.
Module 1: Goal Setting and Clarification
Download Module 1 Presentation
Module 2: Screening and Identifying PV Projects
Download Module 2 Presentation
Module 3: Detailed Site Evaluation, Project Validation, and Permitting
Download Module 3 Presentation
Module 4: Project Financing, Policy, and Incentives
Download Module 4 Presentation
Module 5: Deciding on a Financing Approach and Beginning PV Procurement
Using Solar for Resilience
System Advisor Model (SAM) Introduction and Demonstration