Solar America Cities Program

On March 28th, 2008, the DOE announced the second group of recipients, which included the City of Knoxville.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar America Cities partnership supports 25 U.S. cities committed to making solar a mainstream energy source. DOE provides financial and technical assistance to expand innovative efforts to accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies. Cities, the nation’s centers of electricity consumption, are uniquely positioned to reduce global climate change, strengthen America’s energy independence, and improve air quality by converting to solar energy sources.

Partnering Solar America Cities receive financial assistance and tailored technical assistance. This assistance supports comprehensive, city-wide approaches that encourage and facilitate the use of solar as a viable energy solution for residents and businesses. Multi-institutional teams of solar experts provide technical assistance in areas such as incorporating solar into city planning, choosing appropriate technologies, structuring project financing, updating zoning and building codes, training qualified installers, and conducting community outreach to educate the consumer base.

The Solar America Cities program has engaged more than 180 organizations, including municipal, county, and state agencies, solar companies, universities, utilities, and non-profit organizations. These partners have made a commitment to power their cities with clean, safe, reliable solar energy. The Solar America Cities program promotes photovoltaics and concentrating solar power technologies (both produce electricity) as well as solar water eating and space heating and cooling.

For more information, visit the DOE’s Solar America Cities website.