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U.S. DOE Debuts Solar 3.0 to Reduce Soft Costs of Solar PV

This spring the U.S. Department of Energy launched Solar 3.0, as part of the SunShot initiative, which initiative aims to dramatically decrease the total costs of solar energy systems by 75% before the end of the decade and make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity without subsidies. Solar 3.0 aims to reduce “soft costs” (i.e., non-equipment and hardware costs) of solar photovoltaic (PV) by 50% by 2014. It is designed to adapt to the needs of major U.S. cities and addresses certain community challenges that slow solar PV development, including permitting rooftop systems and training. Solar 3.0 works by promoting regulatory innovation, rather than technological innovation.

Solar 3.0 is managed by SolarTech, which is a consortium of stakeholders in the solar industry.  One hundred initial cities will be targeted in S2012’s initial stage. Eligible communities will receive a resource tool kit with curriculum, metrics, and information about continuing education.

Wisconsin is one of the 2012 Target States for the Solar 3.0 program, and in fact is the only such target state in the Midwest.

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Written on June 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm, by Energy Law Wisconsin