RENEW on team to remove solar red tape

Posted on December 6, 2011. Filed under: Energy Policy, Solar |


From an article by Tom Content in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A group of Wisconsin cities and nonprofit organizations was awarded $467,188 on Thursday to help develop ways to remove red tape with the goal of bringing down the cost for homeowners and businesses to add solar power.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Energy was part of $12 million awarded nationwide to 22 different projects.

“We’re making it quicker, easier and cheaper for Americans to go solar,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu during a conference call with reporters about the Solar Rooftop Challenge. “This is about eliminating some of the hassle and costs of installing solar.”

A maze of local permitting requirements can add $2,500 to the price of a solar system on average nationwide, according to an analysis by the solar installation firm SunRun Inc.

The program is part of a series of initiatives launched by the Energy Department, called the SunShot Initiative, that aim to bring down the cost of solar so that it’s competitive with other forms of energy, without subsidies, by the end of the decade.

The Wisconsin team receiving the award includes the Midwest Renewable Energy Association of Custer, the cities of Milwaukee, Madison and Marshfield, as well as Madison Solar Consulting, Renew Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Solar Energy Industries Association.

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