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Track Your Solar Progress

Show your commitment to being a Solar Friendly Community by tracking community solar development and provide tools showing solar access in your community 

(75 Points)
 

a. Keep a running tabulation of the installed solar in your community by project type. Work with your utility to quantify solar installations and publicize through your communication channels including your website: 50 points

 

OR: Partner with local energy efficiency and renewable energy groups (including but not limited to EnergySmart programs, local nonprofits, and utility partnerships) to promote solar energy in your community: 50 points

 

c. Provide maps on the solar portion of your community website showing the areas of greatest solar potential/ insolation in your community: 10 points

 

d. Encourage and promote rooftop solar development as one of your community‚Äôs stated goals: 15 points

 

Example: Visit the Denver Regional Solar Map

 

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Reasoning

Keeping tabs on solar installations helps communities track progress toward becoming a Solar Friendly Community. Tracking solar deployment can also be used as an educational tool, showing momentum and potential to customers.

Maps of solar resources posted on your website can show residents and businesses where solar makes the most sense and encourage faster adoption.

 

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How to make it happen

Work with your permitting office and utility to quantify solar installations and publicize them through your communication channels including your website.