About Solar Roadmap
The Solar Roadmap is America’s go-to resource for unbiased solar information and tools for residents, businesses, government staff, electric utilities, and solar industry. Through customized profile pages and interactive policy roadmaps, this innovative platform is helping communities and electric utilities across the country to capture economic and environmental benefits from clean energy deployment by making it easier, faster, and more affordable to “go solar.”
Residents & Businesses
Residents and businesses can access free resources and tools to understand their solar potential, choose a qualified solar contractor, and evaluate solar proposals. Community profile pages provide access to up-to-date information on incentives and financing programs available locally so consumers can make informed decisions.
Municipal agencies of all sizes can leverage the Solar Roadmap platform to effectively improve local solar processes and publicize achievements, all with minimal time commitment. Customized community profile pages provide constituents with additional resources and support. Interact and network with peer communities to share successful policies and even facilitate solar bulk purchase programs.
Electric utilities can leverage the Solar Roadmap platform to evaluate successful approaches to solar interconnection and customer programs to make informed decisions for their rate payers. Customized utility profile pages publicize achievements and provide customers and installers with relevant information and resources.
Solar installers and industry experts can keep up-to-date on regional market development activities and new business models, as well as incentive and financing programs available locally. Installers can access solar-related trainings, guidebooks, and other new resources to improve customer acquisition efforts through effective outreach and engagement activities.
The Solar Roadmap is a customized, interactive tool containing guidance on how to transform your local solar market. The guidance comes in the form of simple steps targeted to various community activities: permitting and inspection, planning and zoning, finance, and outreach. The goal is to highlight simple actions that can be taken to develop a more solar friendly community.
Interested in what a Roadmap looks like? Click here for a sample.
By completing the survey form below, you can unlock a Roadmap specific to your community. The Roadmap will provide a quantitative analysis of how you compare to neighboring communities and others across the country, identify what you’re doing well, and identify areas for improvement highlighting the highest impact changes you can make to help drive more local solar market activity.
For each action item, the Roadmap will provide you with resources and support to make taking action easy.
The survey form is available here: My Roadmap Survey
Once you have completed the survey, email the form to our team and we will do the rest!
American Solar Transformation Initiative
The American Solar Transformation Initiative (ASTI) represents a nationwide team of hundreds of public and private partners committed to advancing solar power adoption in participating municipalities and utilities throughout the United States. The focus of this program is to drive solar market maturity via significant improvements in 6 key focus areas:
The ASTI program is committed to real change at the ground level. By driving transformation in market conditions for rooftop solar in jurisdictions across the United States, ASTI will make adopting solar easier, faster, and more affordable. An improved solar business environment with lower administrative costs enables participating jurisdictions to capture the full economic and environmental benefits of solar power in their communities by helping their local markets grow.
ASTI is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge and has received funding to help reduce transaction, administrative and construction costs related to residential and small commercial solar projects. The Rooftop Solar Challenge is part of the DOE SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar electricity cost competitive without subsidies by the end of the decade.
ASTI was created by Optony, based on a successful project launched in 2012 called the Southwest Solar Transformation Initiative (SSTI). SSTI efforts focused on developing roadmaps for local jurisdictions, providing a centralized online technical resource center, and engaging with staff at participating agencies to provide technical assistance for all their solar programs and process improvements. The SSTI team was directly engaged with over 70 participating organizations across the Southwestern states of California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah.
As a national program, each ASTI partner receives a customized, interactive Solar Roadmap, which they leverage to achieve success in each of the key focus areas to help unlock their full solar potential. The ASTI approach and outcomes include the following:
- Evaluate and Report Solar Potential. Quantify and document the solar potential across residential rooftops in each region and quantify the benefit in terms of economic activity, jobs and environmental impact.
- Assess Current Solar Processes. Document the existing processes, rules, and regulations regarding solar development in order to identify all major market transformation hurdles and establish a baseline for each jurisdiction.
- Create Customized Roadmaps. Develop local and regional roadmaps for streamlining and standardizing permitting, zoning and interconnection processes in collaboration with all stakeholders, and provide guidance on applicable solar project financial and economic models for residential and commercial property owners.
- Provide Comprehensive Resource Library. Deploy a market-leading platform for solar best practices, resources and reports for agency staff at all levels and regional/national stakeholders.
- Support Implementation of Roadmaps. Provide hands-on technical assistance, training, and support to facilitate adoption of programs by local organizations that help capture regional solar opportunities.
- Engage Regional Solar Communities. Provide educational resources and community engagement activities for the solar industry and buyers at a regional level.
Program Manger: Optony Inc
A fact sheet on the ASTI Program and the Solar Roadmap website can be found here.
More information about the DoE Solar Rooftop Challenge can be found here.
Partners and Sponsors
Optony is a global research and consulting firm focused on enabling government and commercial organizations to bridge the gap between solar energy goals and real-world results. Optony’s core services offer a systematic approach to planning, implementing and managing commercial and utility-grade solar power systems, while simultaneously navigating the dramatic and rapid changes in the solar industry—from emerging technologies and system designs to government incentives and private/public financing options. Based in Silicon Valley, Optony was founded in 2007 and has offices in Santa Clara, Washington DC, Denver, and Chicago to serve clients across the USA.
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