In 2015, IREC joined the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Market Pathways project as a partner with the project’s national coordinator, The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC). Part of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative, Solar Market Pathways is a $14 million effort to spur solar energy deployment across the country. It provides support to multiple awardees to enhance their efforts to increase solar installations and reduce costs, while promoting to best practices for solar deployment.
Serving in a national technical/advisory role, IREC works with ISC and its other partners, the Regulatory Assistance Project and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, to provide technical assistance to the Pathways’ teams and create an expanded learning network that connects solar stakeholders across the U.S.
SunShot’s Solar Market Pathways awardees represent a diverse group of organizations and collaborations – including participating communities of many sizes. Some awardee projects are statewide, while others focus on regions or sectors. Their work – created to be replicated by hundreds of communities – will focus on a range of issues critical to reducing solar costs and expanding support and finance for solar installations, including community solar, solar storage, university and commercial property installations, and more.