Today, solar energy only accounts for .05% of total national energy consumption. By 2030, that number is projected to increase to 30%. According to the Department Of Energy (DOE), when the price of solar reaches about $0.06 per kilowatt-hour over its lifetime, it will be considered cost-competitive with other non-renewable forms of electricity.
In order to get there, however, DOE has issued a request for information (RFI) in order to explore ways in which solar can be brought into the mainstream. Asking industry professionals, research experts, government agencies and anyone who has a stake in the solar market.
Which should be all of us.
The RFI is looking for fresh ideas such as information on specific projects, industry trends, issues that inhibit market growth, and issues that guide decisions about solar. While the DOE is also seeking project-level information, and the intention of the RFI is to guide development of solar in the commercial arena, the RFI is open to anyone.
While the purpose of the RFI is to first understand the barriers for stakeholders – such as building owners and tenants, the DOE intends to use responses to implement steps – through projects and initiatives – to promote and develop solar energy usage. In some cases, funding opportunities are available for discrete projects.
To submit a response visit the United States Green Building Council’s website.
Responses are due by July 27.
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