Previous calls have discussed specific utility projects, models of community solar gardens in the Midwest, available technical assistance from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and potential grant ideas and sources from APPA to the Department of Energy.
Recently, the Department of Energy announced a new funding opportunity – the Race to 7 day Solar. This is not a grant but a contest over the next couple of years to reduce the soft costs of solar installations and to decrease the total time to permit, install, inspect, and grid-interconnect solar PV systems from the current time to seven days for small systems, and seven weeks for large systems. DOE is soliciting teams combining representatives of solar developers, local jurisdictions, communities, and utility companies, with categories of large and small installations. Cash prizes will be given to the top two teams with the best performance overall in 2017. The DOE will also award cash prizes over the performance period to up to 20 teams that meet certain performance benchmarks. The entrance applications are due on July 22. More information can be found at: http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-prize-race-7-day-solar
This contest and other solar issues will be addressed on the next phone meeting for the Solar Working Group during the week of May 18. If you would like to participate in this group, please contact Joel Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org. This group is open to all utility members of IAMU.