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NIRPC becomes partner to boost solar market conditions

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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.”



Posted 11/8/2013