SPARC Initiative Targets Your Community; Early Adopters Win

Dec. 9, 2015 by Erin Nobler

Here at the STAT Network, we’re always looking to provide states and local governments with more opportunities to reduce barriers to solar deployment. We’re excited to be a part of a new solar effort.

Our partners at The Solar Foundation (TSF) and International City/County Management Association (ICMA) just launched the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) initiative. YOU may be eligible to receive technical assistance through their program!

SPARC, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is a designation program that recognizes communities which have taken action to become solar friendly. The initiative will provide communities pursuing the designation with technical assistance to aid them in achieving their soft cost goals. To learn more about SPARC, the designation, and the opportunity for technical assistance, read the SPARC blog.

Right now, municipalities interested in pursuing the designation program can apply for “Early Adopters” status and receive up to 100 hours of technical assistance from solar experts on topics like planning and zoning, permitting and inspection, and financing options. To apply, visit the SPARC website.

The SPARC program is focused on city and county governments interested in pursuing a unique solar designation. STAT Network will continue to provide technical assistance to state governments, utilities, and local governments pursuing topics outside of the SPARC focus.

At NREL, we believe in providing expertise on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers to strengthen your communities.

An illustration of the United States on an orange background with icons of people over the map saying "solar ready."

Credit: SPARC team