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Planning for Solar Energy (PAS 575)

Promoting Solar Energy Use Through Local Policy and Action

By David Morley

Solar energy generates more than heat and light. It revs up the local economy, dials down greenhouse gases, and scales back utility costs for homes and businesses. This essential guide will help your community power up its solar energy plans. Whether you're clearing the way for solar panels on residential roofs or identifying the right location for a large-scale solar farm, Planning for Solar Energy sheds light on the issues you need to understand today.

Published by APA Planning Advisory Service , 2014

Format: Adobe PDF

ISBN: 978-1-61190-122-1

Quick order code: P575

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This PAS report is available free to all as part of APA's participation in the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership.

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Solar energy use is on the rise. This renewable resource generates more than just heat and light. It revs up the local economy, dials down greenhouse gases, and scales back utility costs for homes and businesses.

Is your community ready to power up its solar energy plans? Start off right with help from this essential guide. Explore the range of solar technologies, their costs and benefits. Find advice on adding solar-friendly goals and policies to local plans. Explore how communities are regulating development to enable and encourage solar installations in a variety of scales and contexts. Tap into tactics for promoting and financing solar projects. Read about communities that are leading by example, installing solar energy systems on public facilities and land. Learn how investing in workforce development, education programs, and public solar projects can pay off for your community's future. And look at the policy and technology trends that will change the solar scene in the decades ahead.

As a plus, the report includes a checklist for auditing local plans and a model framework for solar energy development regulations. Whether you're looking to clear the way for solar panels on residential roofs or identify the right location for a large-scale solar farm, Planning for Solar Energy will shed light on the issues you need to understand today.

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