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    • Planning for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Facilities

      PAS Memo — September-October 2019
      by: Darren Coffey, AICP
      The September-October 2019 PAS Memo examines the land-use, environmental, and economic implications of large-scale utility solar facilities and recommends planning and zoning approaches to prepare localities for these uses.
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    • Dubai's Planning Paradox

      A city known for having the biggest and tallest now wants to be known for the smallest (carbon footprint).
      Can Dubai, a city transfixed by a growth-oriented approach that overshadows comprehensive planning, become a world leader in renewable energy?
    • Toward a Low-Carbon Future: Municipal Financing for Energy Efficiency and Solar Power

      Environment, January/February 2009
      by: Merrian Fuller, Stephen Portis, Daniel Kammen
      This article analyzes creative financing initiatives that promote solar development while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    • The Key to Unlocking the Power of Small Scale Renewable Energy: Local Land Use Regulations

      Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, 27(2): 339-367, 2012
      by: Patricia Salkin
      This article discusses methods to support small-scale wind and solar projects through local land use regulations.
    • Zoning for Sustainability: A Review and Analysis of the Zoning Ordinances of 32 Cities in the United States

      Journal of the American Planning Association, 80(3): 239-252, 2014
      by: Edward Jepson, AICP, Anna Haines
      This article examines how municipalities incorporate sustainability principles into local zoning regulations.
    • Here Comes the Sun

      Community solar, or shared solar, is growing nationwide as a means of giving people a local source of solar energy, even if they don’t own a home.
      Community solar power installations are growing across the U.S., improving access for low-income housing residents.
    • The Sun Industry

      A look at utility-scale solar energy in central Arizona.
      With its wide-open space and plentiful sunshine, Arizona is at the top of the list for solar energy potential in the U.S.
    • Local Solar

      What do leading solar communities have in common? It may not be what you expect.
      Smaller, less urban communities are starting to generate more solar energy per capita than urban places.
    • Distributed Renewable Energy: Anticipating Energy Development in Communities

      PAS Memo — November-December 2012
      by: Joshua Hohn, AICP
      The November-December 2012 issue of PAS Memo defines distributed generation, discusses its benefits and obstacles to its development, and describes how regulatory and policy changes could set the stage for a substantial increase in distributed generation.
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    • Sunny Side Up

      Solar power comes into its own.
      Rooftop solar panels and utility-scale solar installations are on the rise, expanding the U.S.'s solar capacity and increasing solar's share of overall energy production in the country.
    • The Commissioner — April 2014

      In The Commissioner's April 2014 issue: "Solar Energy Use: Local Planning Issue," "Composition and Function of the Planning Commission," "Communicating in an Electronic Age," and more.
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    • Renewable Energy Gets Real

      Turning local resources into green assets.
      Experts say we are at the beginning of a third wave of renewable energy, one that is focused on energy resilience and community-level energy independence. For municipalities and public agencies that pursue local electric generation, there are real benefits in the form of saving fossil fuels, saving money, and boosting the local economy but also real limits on what local resources can provide.
    • It's Everywhere

      Federal tax credits for solar panels have made the energy source more affordable. This articles describes how communities are taking advantage of the panels' low cost.
    • The ABCs of Solar

      Schools across the country are saving serious money by putting solar power to work.
      Schools are saving money with solar power.
    • Energy: Where Design Begins

      An excerpt from a new APA Planners Press book explains how energy sources shape our communities.
      An excerpt from the Planners Press book "Green Community" on developments in energy.
    • Let the Sun Shine In

      Recent federal funding encourages planning departments to take the lead in residential solar programs.
      Home owners baffled by confusing solar energy system permit requirements are approaching planning departments for help all over the country.
    • A Run to the Sun

      A look at trends in solar power from residential roofs.
    • Solar Power's Friends and Enemies

      There are differing opinions about how much land — especially public lands — should be dedicated to solar energy resources.

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