Montpelier, VT (PRWEB) September 04, 2014
The New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership, a coalition of five New England States managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), has produced a new guide for community group purchasing, "Planning and Implementing a Solarize Initiative: A Guide for State Program Managers."
This guide features detailed cases studies of two particularly well-developed and successful programs from New England: Solarize Connecticut and Solarize Mass. Solarize is a group purchasing program for solar PV systems that lowers acquisition costs for rooftop solar installations. As more homeowners join the group purchasing program, the cost goes down, because of a tiered-pricing plan with reduced prices for more participation. The guide will be helpful to program managers and other stakeholders in states across the country seeking to develop their own Solarize programs.
Solarize programs in both Connecticut and Massachusetts have been tremendously successful in increasing the rate of residential solar adoption in three ways:
The guide is available online at http://www.cesa.org/resource-library/resource/planning-and-implementing-a-solarize-initiative-a-guide-for-state-program-managers.
The New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership, established with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II program, is working to build a robust regional solar market by targeting non-hardware “soft” cost barriers to solar deployment such as arduous permitting and interconnection processes, lack of finance tools, and unfavorable zoning rules for solar in some jurisdictions. For more information on the Partnership, please visit http://www.cesa.org/projects/new-england-solar-cost-reduction-partnership/. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II, visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/solarchallenge.
About the Clean Energy States Alliance: The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing state and local efforts to implement smart clean energy policies, programs, technology innovation, and financing tools. CESA works with the leading state clean energy programs and provides information sharing and technical assistance to states and local governments on “best in class” clean energy programs and policies. CESA also facilitates collaborative networks to coordinate efforts between states, federal agencies, and other stakeholders. For more information, visit http://www.cesa.org.
About the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative: The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, DOE supports efforts by private companies, academia, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at http://www.energy.gov/sunshot. To learn more about the Rooftop Solar Challenge II, visit: http://www.eere.energy.gov/solarchallenge/.