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Solar powering your community: a guide for local governments
Solar powering your community: a guide for local governments

1st January 2011

Topic(s): Renewables, Solar energy, Public engagement, Policy, law and regulation, Domestic policy

This guide can help stimulate ideas or provide a framework for a comprehensive solar plan for a community. Each section is divided into topic areas - typically within the jurisdiction of local governments - that are integral in creating and supporting local solar markets. Each topic area includes:

  • An introduction that describes the policy or program and states its purpose
  • Information on benefits of implementing the policy or program
  • Tips and options for designing and implementing the policy or program
  • Examples that highlight experiences from communities that have successfully implemented the policy or program; and additional reports, references, and tools that can offer more information on the topic.

DOE recognizes that there is no one path to solar market development, so this guide introduces a range of policy and program options that can help a community build a sustainable solar infrastructure.
This second edition of the guide was updated to include new market developments and innovations for advancing local solar markets that have emerged since the first edition was released in 2009.



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