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    Energy Department Invests to Speed Solar Deployment for Homes and Businesses

    in Energy

    As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to ensure America’s continued leadership in clean energy and double renewable electricity generation once again by 2020, the Energy Department today announced eight teams to spur solar power deployment by cutting red tape for residential and small commercial rooftop solar systems. As part of the Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge, these teams will receive about $12 million– matched by over $4 million in outside funding – to streamline and standardize solar permitting, zoning, metering and connection processes for communities across the country.
    The Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge is a part of a larger effort to make solar energy more accessible and affordable and position the U.S. as a leader in the rapidly-growing global solar market. Non-hardware, or “soft,” costs like permitting, installation, design and maintenance now account for more than 60 percent of the total cost of installed rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States. Across the nation, there are more than 18,000 local jurisdictions with their own PV permitting requirements as well as more than 5,000 utilities that set rules for connecting to the power grid.

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    Laurie Reilly - CUNY making New York City a Solar City USA

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    Through Sustainable CUNY, Ms. Reilly directs communications for the CUNY Sustainability Project, CUNY Conserves Project, the U.S. Department of Energy NYC Solar America City Partnership, SunShot Rooftop Challenge I program, NYSolar Smart and CUNY SustainableWorks, CUNY’s commercialization program for clean and sustainable technology. Ms. Reilly also handles communications for the NYCleantech Collaborative, a member organization that works to accelerate the adoption of technologies designed for urban applications Reilly is the author of multiple key sustainability documents and grants and is responsible for coordinating and implementing internal and external sustainability communications across CUNY’s 24 academic institutions. Reilly executes the marketing strategy and assists with organizing major sustainable energy events and presents at numerous conferences.
    In addition Ms. Reilly directs communications for the Sustainability Division for CUNY Ventures Inc., (CVI) and worked with Ms. Case to form the Smart Distributed Generation Hub.  Ms. Reilly spent 18 years as a broadcast journalist and won five New York State Broadcaster's Awards as a writer, producer and anchor for providing in depth coverage on science, technology, health and politics on both television and radio.