Michael Cliggett and Garrett Nilsen from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative will focus on highlighting a few of their favorite projects and highlight specific technologies that recently entered the market thanks to U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative funding.
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This webinar will introduce solar developers, environmental consulting firms, data companies, and software developers to a new open-source GIS siting tool developed by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies' Energy Policy Institute with support from the SunShot Initiative.
More than 18,000 municipalities in the U.S. set their own solar permitting requirements. As a result, solar permitting requirements and costs vary dramatically city by city. Solar permitting can either be a walk in the park, or a bureaucratic headache. Vote Solar is developing a highly interactive permitting website that catalogs and scores current municipal permitting practices. The website incorporates data on current permitting practices from Clean Power Finance’s (CPF) National Solar Permitting Database (www.solarpermit.org), and scores municipalities on Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) nine ‘solar permitting best practices.’ The website will include an education center with resources to empower citizens to streamline permitting practices in their communities.