The National Association of Regional Councils is partnering with Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Meister Consultants Group, Inc. (MCG), and Council of State Governments (CSG) on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge (RSCII) grant as the “Solar Ready II” (SRII) team.
As part of the SunShot Initiative, RSCII incentivizes regional awardee teams to make it easier and cost-competitive for Americans to go solar. By streamlining permit processes, updating planning and zoning codes, improving standards for connecting solar power to the electric grid, and increasing access to financing, teams will clear a path for rapid expansion of solar energy and serve as models for other communities across the nation.
The SRII team, consisting of NARC, MARC, MCG, CSG, and nine regional planning councils (RPCs), will secure and oversee commitments from local governments to expand the proven techniques, best management practices (BMPs), training materials, and methods of the 2012 Solar Ready KC Initiative to a national scale. The RPCs will engage local stakeholders through training programs focused on the dissemination and implementation of demonstrated solar BMPs; facilitate national discussions amongst strategic state government representatives; determine public preference toward solar technology; and gauge public perception of potential market barriers. The final results of SRII 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, SRII will provide new solar market access for ten million people across the U.S.