DOE unveils solar deployment plan

The US Energy Department (DOE) has unveiled a $15m plan to help communities develop multi-year plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses.

The Solar Market Pathways funding opportunity aims to help communities cut bureaucratic red tape and build strong public-private partnerships to deploy commercial-scale solar.

It will also support the Obama administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020.

As part of these solar deployment plans, communities will establish innovative financing mechanisms and launch creative community-based initiatives, such as shared solar programs.

These give families and businesses the opportunity to own, lease, or purchase electricity from a share of a larger solar project – reducing overall costs and giving more consumers access to renewable power.

"The Energy Department is committed to further driving down the cost of solar energy and supporting innovative community-based programs – creating more jobs, reducing carbon pollution and boosting economic growth,” says Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.