SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership


Through the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) works to remove solar market barriers and encourage the development of a sustainable solar infrastructure by residents and businesses in local communities. The Solar Foundation works with DOE and a number of other organizations to provide technical expertise to local governments that are interested in implementing solar programs and policies. These organizations include International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC), Meister Consultants Group (MCG), Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), International City-County Management Association (ICMA), American Planning Association (APA) and National Association of Regional Councils (NARC).

Outreach Materials:

Reports and Fact Sheets

Web-Based Trainings

Solar in Small Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

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Recent Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

  • None scheduled at this time.

Additional Background

The SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SunShot Solar OPs) is modeled after the highly successful DOE Solar America Cities program, sharing best practices and resources with local governments across the country.

TSF and our partners conduct outreach to local governments across the U.S., providing them with tools and empowering those that wish to take informed action to build and expand their local solar markets. To best accelerate solar energy deployment, DOE encourages local governments to take a comprehensive, holistic approach rather than think project-by-project. To support this approach, SunShot Solar OPs teams provide information in many relevant areas, including solar policies and regulations, financial incentives, workforce training, and best practices for engaging utilities and members of the community. SunShot Solar OPs activities will include publishing information in national newsletters and creating local government membership organizations, facilitating peer-to-peer information sharing at regional workshops, and organizing one-on-one workshops for local governments.  DOE’s recently-updated publication Solar Powering Your Community: A Guide for Local Governments serves as the foundation for our efforts. 


For more information, visit the Solar Outreach Partnership website.