Integrating Solar Energy into Local Development Regulations

This briefing paper provides planners, public officials, and engaged citizens with an overview of three aspects of integrating solar energy into local development regulations — removing barriers, creating incentives, and enacting standards — and offers examples from communities across the country that are taking steps to support local solar market growth.


This is one in a series of briefing papers providing planners with guidance on promoting solar energy use in their communities to help meet local energy and sustainability goals. APA produced this paper through its participation in the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), a U.S. Department of Energyfunded
initiative designed to help accelerate solar energy adoption on the local level by providing timely and actionable information to local governments.

Please visit our website at to learn more about this series and APA’s participation in SolarOps.

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