25 Apr '14, 7pm

US DOE's $15 Million Push to Expand Affordable, Community Solar

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants to increase access to affordable solar energy for communities across the nation — and it’s using $15 million to do so. The Obama administration announced on April 17 a funding opportunity through Solar Market Pathways , which aims to increase solar deployment by “making it simpler and easier for residents and businesses to join in shared, community solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.” Shared or community solar facilities allow multiple customers to buy or lease panels in a centralized array, and then ‘share’ the total energy output. “Community solar provides an important role…for those living in apartments or condominiums, for homeowners with a shaded roof, or those who might see solar on their property as a hassle,” said renewable energy strategist Carl Siegrist. The large-scale construction of a community solar project also reduces...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/04...

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