On Nov. 6, the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II announced the award of $2.575 million to the Mid-America Regional Council to help make it easier for residents and businesses to use solar energy. The award is one of eight given nationwide, totaling more than $12 million.
This grant will build on the success of the first phase of MARC’s Rooftop Solar Challenge, Solar Ready KC, which helped streamline local government permitting and planning processes, explore financing options and identify best practices in implementing solar energy.
With its second round of Rooftop Solar Challenge awards, the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative supports efforts to cut red tape, reduce “plug-in” costs and make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources. Regionally, Solar Ready II will expand improved permitting processes to more local governments; develop GIS mapping tools to determine which rooftops are most conducive to solar energy; create a certification program for rooftop solar installers; develop market research panels; and expand financing options.
Nationally, MARC will partner with the National Association of Regional Councils to replicate its successful model in nine other regions, working with regional councils representing central New York, northwest Indiana, southwest Florida, and the metro areas of Philadelphia, Phoenix, Dallas, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. Other award partners include the Council of State Governments and Meister Consultants Group, Inc.
For more information, contact Georgia Nesselrode, 816/701-8207.