20 Mar '12, 8am

#Vermont #Solar Deal: One Small State Makes a Big Solar Impact (article @ReWorld ) #renewable #energy

This may be an all-to-common situation for many in the U.S., which is why the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) established the SunShot Initiative. The program hopes to reduce the cost of solar installations 75 percent by 2020. Its ultimate goal is to make solar a more attractive and cost-competitive form of energy for those looking to go solar. According to Ramamoorthy Ramesh, the manager of the SunShot program, solar should be as easy to install on your house as buying a set of tires for your car – who wouldn’t agree with that? With this initiative in mind, Vermont legislators enacted a groundbreaking bill that streamlines the installation process for small-scale solar – including the elimination of time-consuming and expensive permitting. So, how much does the bill actually reduce the cost of solar? It Costs How Much? Estimating the true cost of a residential system can b...

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