UT-based partnership awarded Solar Challenge grant

A University of Tennessee-led partnership that includes TVA, KUB and the city of Knoxville is one of 22 teams nationwide awarded Rooftop Solar Challenge Grants by the U.S. Department of Energy and will receive $622,960.

DOE last week announced the winners of the competitive grants designed to promote solar power by simplifying zoning, permitting and other processes involved in solar installations.

The group will use the money to work with local officials in streamlining the permitting, planning, zoning and connection processes for solar installations across Tennessee.

The group also plans to develop a smartphone application that will simplify the application process for residents and companies interested in installing solar technology.

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