Solar Ready Metro DC
Solar Ready Metro DC is a project of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) to help local governments in the metropolitan Washington, DC region develop solar-ready communities. The project is supported by the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II. Twenty-two teams from across 19 states and Puerto Rico took on the challenge as they devised creative solutions to streamline rooftop solar installations for their residents.
Facing diverse policies and market dynamics across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, COG brought together diverse public and private entities to develop solutions for building a solar-friendly region. The initiative aimed to reduce the "soft costs" of solar procurement by streamlining the permit process, updating planning and zoning codes, improving standards for connecting solar power to the electric grid, and increasing access to financing.
Solar Ready Metro DC is made possible through Solar Ready II, a program managed by the National Association of Regional Councils and the Mid-America Regional Council, and funded under the Rooftop Solar Challenge II. Solar Ready II helps regional councils around the country implement best practices on permitting, interconnection, financing, planning and zoning. The full list of Solar Ready II Best Management Practices is available online.