The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) has received
funding to become a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar
Challenge II project.
“Through this award, NIRPC will work to implement best management practices,
training materials, and additional proven implementation strategies for
solar energy in Northwest Indiana,” NIRPC said in a statement released on
Wednesday. “Together, with support from our local governments and our local
alternative energy experts South Shore Clean Cities, NIRPC will achieve more
streamlined and standardized solar practices, resulting in measurable
improvement in Northwest Indiana’s solar market conditions.
“NIRPC is pleased to be awarded U.S. Department of Energy funding to help
advance the use of solar energy,” NIRPC Commissioner Dave Shafer said.
“NIRPC’s assistance will enable residents and businesses throughout
Northwest Indiana to reduce energy costs, realize economic development, and
retain jobs to keep our region viable.”
“Pursuing a diversity of alternative energy sources for our region is an
important part of realizing the sustainability and air quality goals of the
2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan,” added Kathy Luther, director of
environmental programs at NIRPC
“The final results of the project will yield a reduction in solar market
barriers, fewer soft costs, and a more streamlined and standardized process
for multiple solar energy implementation options,” NIRPC predicted.
“Ultimately, this project will provide new solar market access for 10
million people across the U.S.”