In the second round of the Rooftop Solar Challenge, eight teams get $12 million to find ways to bring down permitting and other solar “soft costs.”
Solar permitting, inspection and interconnection costs way more in the U.S. than in Germany, and, unfortunately, a path to big reductions isn’t clear.
One Block Off the Grid, after being a bit off the radar, reintroduces itself as a solar-shopping portal, like EnergySage, but working with major companies.
EnergySage launches its online solar-shopping portal, promising easy access to quotes for installation and financing.
A $12 million, second round of Rooftop Solar Challenge funding by the federal government is intended to drive down the cost of residential and small commercial PV installations.
More than one in three U.S. solar installers say they limit or avoid sales in certain areas because the permitting processes there are difficult.
The DOE-sponsored “Race for the Rooftops” competition is looking for teams to install solar at $1/watt for non-hardware costs – and fast.
The U.S. Department of Energy announces $12 million in funding for its SunShot Incubator, which supports the commercialization of solar energy technologies.
The Department of Energy awards $12 million to 22 regional teams across the U.S. to reduce barriers and lower the cost of deploying rooftop PV systems.
The U.S. is offering up $7 million in funding to support data-driven software tools that will help lower the non-hardware costs of rooftop PV systems.
The US solar power industry was a global net exporter last year, with U.S. solar firms having a positive trade flow of $1.9 billion.