Some of the lessons in promoting solar power learned by the 25 cities participating in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar America Cities (SAC) program are now available in an online guide. "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments" presents best practices and lessons learned from the cities participating in SAC and other local governments across the nation to help leaders drive economic development, grow a green-collar workforce and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

DOE began the Solar America Cities program two years ago to assist the 25 member cities financially and technically in their efforts to adopt solar energy. "Solar Powering Your Community" describes the SAC solar programs and policies, explains the benefits, provides implementation tips and includes short case studies. "[The guide] sets the framework in terms of how you even think about this," says SAC Program Lead Hannah Muller. "[Cities often] really don't know where to even start [with promoting solar power in their jurisdictions]. So, this guide breaks it down into seven understandable sections, seven different types of things you want to work on if you really want to go big with solar in your city. There's something in there for everybody, whatever experience level they're at."

View the "Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments" online guide.

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