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March 16, 2015

Feds give $600K to startup regional solar group

HBJ File Photo Michael Trahan, executive director of Solar Connecticut and NESEMC project co-lead.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $600,000 to nine Northeast solar groups and two universities to form a regional collaboration and deploy more clean energy.

Groups like industry representative Solar Connecticut have joined forces in order to come up with a more cohesive policy and regulatory uniformity across the Northeast to help solar energy develop more smoothly around the region. The group will be called the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition.

NESEMC will be comprised of the business groups Solar Connecticut, Solar Energy Business Association of New England (Massachusetts), New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association, Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industry Association (New Jersey), New York Solar Energy Industry Association, Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industry Association, Renewable Energy Vermont, solar representatives from Maine and Rhode Island, the State University of New York at Albany, and the Pace Energy & Climate Center at the Pace University School of Law in White Plains, N.Y.

Pace received the $600,000 cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to help NESEMC deploy more solar throughout the participant states. The SunShot Initiative was launched in 2011 to make solar power cost competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020.

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