December 1, 2011
DOE Awards $12 Million to Spur Rapid Adoption of Solar Energy with the Rooftop Solar Challenge
The Rooftop Solar Challenge supports 22 regional teams to spur solar power deployment by cutting red tape — streamlining and standardizing permitting, zoning, metering, and connection processes — and improving finance options to reduce barriers and lower costs for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems. This project is part of the Department’s larger effort to make solar energy more accessible and affordable, increase domestic solar deployment, and position the U.S. as a leader in the rapidly-growing global solar market. The SSTI team represents nearly 20% of the national agencies that are participating in this program.