- DOE Announces $1 Million in Prizes for Communities Adopting SolarApp+
- Application and letter of support due November 4th, 2022 at 2pm CDT.
The U.S Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology's Office (SETO) launched the SolarAPP+ Prize, a million-dollar prize program designed to accelerate the adoption of SolarAPP+, an online platform that instantly issues permits for code-compliant residential solar photovoltaic systems. Local governments that successfully adopt SolarAPP+ by April 27, 2023 can receive a $15,000 cash prize.
SolarAPP+ is a platform that reduces one of the major bottleneck for residential solar installations, speeding timelines by easing the permitting process. To date, SolarAPP+ has approved over 9,500 projects and saved more than 9,500 hours in plan review time. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's report on SolarApp+ performance, projects are permitted and inspected about two weeks faster, given that permits are issued instantly for code-compliant systems.
Register here for DOE's informational webinar about the prize on September 27, from 12-1:30 CDT.