The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has partnered with the American Planning Association to develop Solar@Scale, a new program to help localities understand and realize the benefits of large-scale solar development. Having identified strategies for overcoming barriers to large-scale solar development, the Solar@Scale team is now sharing these strategies with local government officials in trainings, webinars and workshops.
The purpose of this guidebook is to help local government practitioners—including planners, economic development professionals, local government managers, and elected and appointed officials—make decisions that improve large-scale solar development outcomes. Given the variation between state and regional contexts and priorities in the United States, the guidebook avoids a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Rather, users will need to apply the guidebook’s key points to the social, political, environmental, and economic situations in their community or the communities they serve.
from the SolarScale Guidebook introduction
Large-Scale Solar Workshop Presentation
On March 30, 2023, the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Virginia Energy, and Weldon Cooper Center hosted a workshop for local government officials and community leaders. The workshop provided participants the opportunity to learn from national and state experts, hear lessons-learned from other Virginia localities, and discuss solar-related topics together.