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
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
"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.