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The city releases its guidebook for solar projects

In June, the city debuted its highly anticipated Guidebook for Solar Photovoltaic Projects in Philadelphia, an element of Philadelphia’s participation in the Department of Energy’s Solar American Cities Partnership. Though the name is a bit of a mouthful, the guide is designed for potential vendors and consumers—it’s straightforward enough for the average solar-curious Joe.

The guide is divided into four sections: Solar Basics, System Design Considerations, Process Overview and Incentives & Benefits. Each section is stocked with charts, bullet-pointed lists and infographics detailing the who, what, when, where and whys of solar panels. Although the individual sections of the guide can get a little overwhelming at times—the DC to AC inverter does what?—the graphics, FAQs and glossary will keep you on track. —Ariela Rose

The Guidebook for Solar Photovoltaic Projects in Philadelphia is available online at