Washington, DC– The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is partnering with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), the Mid-America Regional Council, Meister Consultants Group, the Council of State Governments, and eight regional councils on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II project. Through this award, OKI will work to implement best management practices, training materials, and additional proven implementation strategies for solar energy in the Tri-State region. Together, with support from local governments, OKI will achieve more streamlined and standardized solar practices, resulting in measurable improvement in the Tri-State regions solar market conditions.
“Local cooperation and interest in this solar initiative has been terrific,” said OKI Board President and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune. “Through this partnership we will develop a roster of Best Practice practical applications that when implemented locally will reduce our carbon footprint and will save a lot of money for the benefit of local governments, businesses and taxpayers throughout the OKI region.”
The Rooftop Solar Challenge II will demonstrate the ability of regional councils to produce positive change; facilitate national discussions among strategic state government representatives; determine public preference toward solar technology; and gauge public perception of potential market barriers. 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. Ultimately, this project will provide new solar market access for ten million people across the U.S. NARC will provide updates and publish information about the project on its website at www.NARC.org.
“NARC is very excited to work with OKI on the Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II project. Through this project, regions are working together to make solar a more affordable, convenient and attractive energy source for their residents and businesses. With the support of local officials, regional innovators and other stakeholders, regions will be able to learn from each other and adopt solar processes that prove most efficient.” – The Honorable Penelope A. Gross, President, NARC and Supervisor, Fairfax County, VA.