Rooftop Solar Challenge II
The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources is participating in a regional effort called the New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership, which will target non-hardware "soft" costs of photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity systems and increase coordination throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit organization that works with state leaders, federal agencies, industry players, and other stakeholders to promote renewables and energy efficiency, will coordinate the initiative, which has been awarded $1.5 million under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II program.
The New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership will help strengthen the solar market in the five-state region with 13 million residents. The partnership will refine and deploy innovations developed in Connecticut and Massachusetts for DOE's Rooftop Solar Challenge I and will more widely implement solar best practices from around the region. Through this award, the OER will collaborate with agencies from the four other states to tackle a range of barriers to PV deployment, including permitting and interconnection challenges; the need for new financing tools; and planning and zoning rule variations.
For further information on Rooftop Solar Challenge II and Rhode Island's participation, please contact:
Office of Energy Resources
Link to the press release: http://www.ri.gov/press/view/20643