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Solar Resources for Universities and Local Governments

NREL offers resources to universities and 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 at universities, engage stakeholders to develop deployment solutions, and empower decision makers.

City and County Solar PV Training Program

NREL, in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office, is offering a no-cost PV training program for 50 cities and counties seeking to go solar on their facilities (both buildings and land).

Cities and counties will be notified about their selection by December 15, 2017. In addition, resources developed through the program will be posted to this page over the coming year. The tentative schedule for posting materials is:

  • January: Goals Development and Your Solar Team
  • February: Site Identification and Screening
  • March: Project Validation and Permitting
  • April: Project Economics and Financing
  • May: Solar Procurement (Requests for Proposals and Power Purchase Agreements)

For detailed information on the training program, view the City And County Solar PV Training Series Kickoff Webinar and the corresponding slides.


NREL publishes reports, fact sheets, presentations, and other publications aimed to help universities and local governments implement solar projects.

Fact Sheets

Webinar Presentations


Other Resources