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Request for Information: Reducing the Soft Costs for Utility-Scale Solar Installations on Public Lands

Funding: No funding available; request for information only

Open Date: 12/04/2012

Close Date: 01/15/2013

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000790


DOE wants to understand practices and policies to reduce the non-hardware balance of system costs, called soft costs, of utility-scale solar installations and to empower developers and industry to develop utility scale-solar installations. Soft costs can be reduced through increased access to information and strategies about utility-based solar program design, siting, permitting, and strategies for environmental mitigation on public lands.

This request for information (RFI) asks interested parties, including industry, consumer groups, and state and local governments to report on:

  • Efforts to streamline permitting processes and enhance environmental monitoring and mitigation
  • Which policies and practices should guide policymakers in facilitating solar development, while also best protecting cultural, environmental, and other natural resources
  • How to collect and/or disseminate data for solar stakeholders to determine where development is best suited.

This RFI does not seek comments on policies and practices specific to utility-scale transmission, transmission siting, or energy distribution. DOE recognizes the interdependency between electric transmission and solar energy generation; however, the scope of this RFI is directed towards utility-scale solar installations as it pertains to business models and best practices for development on federal public lands.  

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

All responses must be submitted to UtilityScaleSolarRFI@go.doe.gov with “Solar Technologies RFI: Utility-Scale Solar” in the subject line of the message.

Last updated: 12/06/2012

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.