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SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership

ICMA, in partnership with The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA, is working to increase the use and integration of solar energy technologies in communities across the country through the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs).

ICMA members join Milwaukee Public Library Staff for a tour of the library's green roof and 31kW solar PV installation during ICMA's Annual Conference in Milwaukee.

As the nation’s centers of electricity consumption, cities and counties are uniquely positioned to reduce global climate change, strengthen America’s energy independence, and improve air quality by adopting solar energy technologies. This program supports local governments committed to making solar a mainstream energy source. Through SolarOPs, ICMA, in partnership with the American Planning Association and the National Association of Regional Councils and ICLEI and their partners will provide outreach, and technical analysis and assistance to expand local governments’ innovative efforts to accelerate local adoption of solar energy technologies.

At the center of SolarOPs is the ability to replicate successes by sharing best practices among cities. ICMA, ICLEI, and their partners provide timely and actionable information to local governments in order to accelerate solar energy adoption. This includes a mix of educational workshops, peer-to-peer sharing opportunities and Web-based resources. DOE’s compilation of best practices titled “Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments” serves as the foundation for the outreach efforts. 




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Solar Outreach Partnership's Upcoming Events


Interested in hosting a solar powering your community workshop?

The SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) is delivering free custom regional workshops to communities across the nation. The workshops are designed to provide actionable information on overcoming local-level barriers to solar, addressing soft costs, and implementing a successful local solar program in areas including:

  • revising zoning codes and ordinances to allow for solar;
  • streamlining permitting processes to facilitate solar installations;
  • financing solar projects; and
  • installing solar on municipal and other community facilities

To learn more about hosting a workshop, download this information sheet, and email Emily Dodson (edodson@icma.org).


For more information visit DOE's Solar Outreach Partnership page and the Solar Energy topic page on the Knowledge Network, follow us on Twitter @SolarOutreach, or connect with us on Facebook or Google+.

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