For Immediate Release
December 02, 2011
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The City of Boston was awarded $90,000 yesterday from the US Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge to accelerate solar deployment by reducing barriers and lowering costs for rooftop solar energy installations. The announcement was made following a meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino had with US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Stephen Chu and Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental and Energy Affairs Rick Sullivan. The City of Boston is part of a Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources led team which was awarded $565,000 in total.
“I want to thank Secretary Chu for recognizing the unique partnership we have developed with the Commonwealth to bring clean energy opportunities to every doorstep in Boston,” said Mayor Thomas M Menino. “In Boston, we’ve streamlined permitting and reduced costs for solar making this clean energy technology a smart choice for both home owners and businesses.”
Boston is one of the first cities recognized by US DOE as a Solar America City. The Rooftop Solar Challenge is the latest initiative in the mayor’s plan to make Boston one of the greenest cities in America. Through Renew Boston’s Solar program, the City is running a Residential Solar Pilot program, developed an online Solar Map and released a comprehensive Solar Permitting Guide to streamline the design and permitting process and motivate property owners to install solar systems.