NARC Partners with Mid-America Regional Council to Bolster Regional Adoption of Solar Energy: U.S. Department of Energy Funds Regional Councils to Improve Solar Processes

Washington, DC (November 6, 2013) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) is partnering with the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, and the Council of State Governments on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II project. Through this award, NARC is assisting nine regional councils in their efforts to implement best management practices, training materials, and additional proven implementation strategies for solar energy. The nine regional councils include: Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Maricopa Association of Governments, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, and Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. Together, with support from their local governments, each region will achieve more streamlined and standardized solar practices, resulting in measurable improvements in solar market conditions.

“NARC is very excited to work with the Mid-America Regional Council and its regional and national partners selected for the DOE’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II,” said the Honorable Penelope A. Gross, President, NARC and Supervisor, Fairfax County, VA. “For years, NARC has been dedicated to producing positive change and facilitating discussions regarding the array of solar energy development possibilities on a regional scale. Today, solar is a valid and trusted source of energy, one that should be included in community planning, investment and development. NARC looks forward to the implementation of streamlined solar processes by the nine regions, and hopes that the success of the projects will be mirrored across the U.S.”

The Rooftop Solar Challenge II will demonstrate the ability of regional councils to produce positive change; facilitate national discussions among strategic state government representatives; determine public preference toward solar technology; and gauge public perception of potential market barriers. Each regional partner will convene local and state governments, utility companies, local solar and renewable energy associations, and consumers to create a nationwide deployment of the 2012 Solar Ready KC Initiative’s proven techniques, including: best management practices, training materials, training methods, and strategy implementation. The final results of the project will yield a reduction in solar market barriers, fewer soft costs, and a more streamlined and standardized process for multiple solar energy implementation options. Ultimately, this project will provide new solar market access for ten million people across the U.S. NARC will provide updates and publish information about the project on its website at www.NARC.org/rooftop.

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