Stakeholders and Policymakers

If you are a voter or elected official participating in energy decision-making, this collection is designed to help you promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in your community. Explore our collection of Decision Maker Guides to learn about existing initiatives and how to plan your own. Or search the table below to find existing ordinances, economic development data and cost-benefit analysis tools.

Stakeholders & Policymakers Resource Database

Resource Source and Description Audience Topic Type Additional Tags File
Solar Information Resources

The Solar Energy Technologies Office provides useful guides to going solar, introductory information about the technologies involved, and resources for local governments and solar professionals.

Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Guide or Toolkit
Solar Cost-Benefit Studies

A collection of state-by-state and national studies on the value of solar and renewable energy technologies

Solar Energy Industries Association
Small Community Wind Guidebook

A guide for communities, nonprofits, businesses, farms, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives to decide whether small community wind projects are right for them

Department of Energy: WINDExchange
Guide or Toolkit
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

REAP provides renewable energy and energy efficiency loans and grants to agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and small businesses in eligible rural areas.

Property Assessed Clean Energy: North Carolina, PACE-ing Itself

2015 blog post describing the regulatory and legislative landscape regarding PACE financing in North Carolina and existing challenges to its implementation

UNC Environmental Finance Center
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)

An overview of the property assessed clean energy (PACE) model, an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property

Department of Energy
PACE Programs Near You

A map of PACE and C-PACE programs across the U.S.

PACE Nation
One in Three U.S. Households Faces A Challenge in Meeting Energy Needs

This 2018 article from the EIA describes energy burden and energy insecurity in the U.S.

U.S. Energy Information Administration
NREL Data and Tools

Datasets, maps, models and tools for economic and financial analysis of energy efficiency and renewables

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Tool or Calculator
North Carolina Utilities Commission — Interconnection Standard for Investor-Owned Utilities

NCUC interconnection standards for distributed generation

North Carolina Utilities Commission; DSIRE
Policy or Regulation

Looking for something we don't have?

Looking for something we don't have in our Online Resource Center? Let us know!