The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $13 million in funding for the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) program.
The goal is to establish a public awareness and technical assistance program for local governments to improve solar deployment.
Funding recipients will establish and administer a national recognition program and also provide technical assistance and share best practices with communities seeking national recognition for cutting red tape and improving local solar market conditions.
Once the program is established, communities that participate in SPARC will gain access to a network of solar experts while supporting local efforts to spur market growth.
The SPARC funding opportunity builds on the work of the DOE's SunShot Initiative to cut the soft costs of solar energy.