Sunshot; the DOE’s effort to reduce costs for solar announced a total funding of $12MM for chosen participants. For the Minnesota population of 600,000 the $263,169 was allotted to the Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources.
“Through this competition, the Energy Department is helping to unleash America’s solar potential by investing in projects that will make it faster, easier, and cheaper to finance and deploy solar power in communities across the country,” said Secretary Chu. “These awards will reduce the cost homeowners and businesses pay to install solar energy systems, while at the same time saving money and time for local governments faced with tight budgets.”
This amount will be utilized by the team “(Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources; City of Minneapolis, Saint Paul; and Fresh Energy, Minnesota) in its statewide effort aims to implement policy and process improvements that will make solar installation faster and less expensive. The team will work to modernize 30-year-old net metering and interconnection standards through legislative, regulatory, and administrative actions”.
In addition to individual states creating rules, regulations and standards for grid tie-in for solar, thousands of utilities across the nation and tens of thousands more local jurisdictions are currently involved in the mix of solar installation permitting and other soft cost’s determinations.
Twenty two teams nationally are charged to reduce costs for small solar systems for residential and small commercial applications in the DOE’s larger effort to make solar energy more accessible and affordable. “The DOE SunShot Initiative aims to dramatically decrease the total costs of solar energy systems by 75% before the end of the decade. Reaching this goal will make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity without subsidies and enable widespread deployment across the United StatesThe United States is the world’s second largest consumer of electricity and, at the same time, has the largest solar resource of any industrialized country. The SunShot Initiative will re-establish American technological leadership, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness in the global clean energy race, and lead to America’s secure energy future.
Through the SunShot Initiative, these advancements will ultimately benefit every American through:
A clean, low-cost, large-scale energy source for home owners, communities, businesses, and government
Technology leadership through advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies and smart grid innovation
U.S. jobs created through domestic solar manufacturing and distribution
Reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and a cleaner environment in which to live
Increased global market share driven by domestic innovation and manufacturing”.