09 Dec '11, 4pm

Reining In the 'Soft Costs' of Solar

Reining In the 'Soft Costs' of Solar

Department of Energy The 22 winners of the Rooftop Solar Challenge will try to untangle local ordinances that impede solar installations by driving up the costs of permitting, financing and hooking up to the grid. The size of the circles reflect the size of the population that would be affected by each team’s effort. Reducing the cost of installing solar power systems for homes and small commercial properties remains near the top of the Department of Energy’s to-do list. Early this year, Steven Chu, the energy secretary, unveiled the department’s SunShot Initiative , fashioned at least in spirit on the moon shot program, in which the Kennedy administration set out to put a man on the moon. With SunShot, the Department of Energy has set a goal of reducing the cost of solar installations by 75 percent by the end of the decade. While this may not be a giant leap for mankind, ...

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