The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge aims to make solar more accessible and inclusive for every American.

Join IREC and the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) for Tools You Can Use for Community Solar webinar on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 3:00-4:15 pm EST to learn more about available tools and resources to help you apply for the challenge and be successful in building your community solar challenge program or project. The webinar will provide an overview of a newly created Community Solar Toolkit, as well as some case studies featuring innovative tools and approaches to advance community solar projects and programs across diverse markets. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Featured in this webinar:

Overview of Solar Market Pathways Community Solar Toolkit
Sara Baldwin Auck, IREC
Developed under the US DOE Solar Market Pathways Initiative, this toolkit provides a suite of resources to help guide and inform the development of and investment in community solar, while also equipping diverse stakeholders with useful tools to navigate relevant policy issues, program design & implementation, as well as consumer & community engagement and low-income consumer access issues.

Community Solar Portal and Cost Tool for Cook County, Illinois
Vito Greco, Elevate Energy
A new interactive map and cost-benefit tool have been deployed in Cook County to help stakeholders better understand the opportunity for community solar in this emerging market.

New York Solar Portal, Allison Silverman, City University of New York (CUNY)
This resource was designed to ease the matchmaking process for solar participants, solar host sites, and developers in a growing community solar market.

Community-based Bulk Purchase Campaigns, Kate Bowman, Utah Clean Energy
Leveraging the success of a pilot effort launched five years ago, the Utah Community Solar bulk-purchase campaigns have resulted in hundreds of Megawatts of new residential solar in Utah. Learn more about the innovative tools and partnership models with universities, local governments, and citizens.