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The Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) is designed to help accelerate solar energy adoption on the local level by providing timely and actionable information to local governments.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, SolarOPs achieves its goals through a mix of educational workshops, peer-to-peer sharing opportunities, research-based reports, and online resources.

To perform the work of SolarOPs, DOE selected teams led by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA. These organizations and their teams help local governments take a comprehensive approach to solar energy deployment by:

  • Conducting outreach and sharing best practices for increasing solar energy use with thousands of local governments across the nation
  • Working in partnership with industry experts and national membership associations to enable local governments across the United States to expand their local solar markets
  • Providing information in relevant areas, such as solar policies and regulations, financial incentives, workforce training, and utility and community engagement.

Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments serves as the foundation for these outreach efforts.

About ICMA and ICLEI

International City / County Management Association (ICMA), Washington, DC

ICMA develops and advances professional local government management to create sustainable communities that improve lives worldwide. ICMA provides member support, publications, data, information, technical assistance, and training and professional development to thousands of city, town, and county managers and other local government professionals. ICMA is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) to advance SunShot Initiative goals.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Oakland, CA

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA is the leading membership association of local governments committed to climate action, clean energy, and sustainability. ICLEI provides cutting-edge tools, national standards and protocols, trainings, and technical guidance to help local governments meet their goals. ICLEI is partnering with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA)Meister Consultants Group, and The Solar Foundation to advance SunShot Initiative goals.

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