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Solar Power Initiatives

Solar power is an emerging clean energy topic of interest that can positively impact the North Central Texas Region. With proper implementation, the use of solar energy will help to improve air quality by decreasing the amount of fossil fuel power generation needed and therefore, reduce emissions that contribute to the region's air pollution and ozone nonattainment status.

Solar Ready II U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative



NCTCOG has partnered with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Meister Consultants Group, Inc., and Council of State Governments to participate in the Solar Ready II program. Solar Ready II is part of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge, which strives to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of energy, and is part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) larger effort to position the United States as a global leader in the rapidly-growing solar market.

NCTCOG has engaged local governments across the region to complete questionnaires about existing solar practices, select solar Best Management Practices (BMPs), and commit to evaluating existing processes and implementing selected BMPs. Additional stakeholders from a wide variety of perspectives are involved in providing feedback, best practices, promoting the project, and reviewing documents. Based on feedback received from participants, local efforts are focusing on the 4 following BMPs:

     Streamline Permits

          1.  Develop criteria for expedited process

          2.  Create a permit checklist

          3.  Provide a central information source


     Pre-Qualify Plans and Installers

          4.  Pre-qualify electrical plans



Solar Ready II Project Resources

The following map displays municipalities who have submitted BMP recommendations or Jurisdictional Questionnaires as part of this project.
Solar Ready II Participants Map

Solar Ready II Informational Video

Click here to visit the NCTCOG YouTube page for additional videos.

Local/State Solar Resources

National Resources

If you would like to become involved with this program, be sure to check this page for updates on future meetings and activities. For more information on solar initiatives, please contact Marissa Fewell at or 817-695-9226 or Lori Clark at or 817-695-9232.

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Upcoming Events

Solar Energy System Training       Continuing Education Certificates Available!
March 30-31, 2015
NCTCOG Offices
Register Here!

Recent Events

Solar Permitting and
Solar Ordinance Training

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Handouts / Presentation

DFW Solar Tour
October 4, 2014

North Texas Solar
Electric Permit Checklist Workshop

September 30, 2014

PACE and LEED 4: New Opportunities for Financing Energy and Water Eficient Green Buildings and Retrofits
August 27, 2014

Solar Ready II Meeting
June 17, 2014

Firefighter and 1st Responder Solar Energy System Safety Workshop
May 15, 2014

Solar Ready II Kick-Off Meeting
March 6, 2014
Handout: Jurisdiction Questionnaire
Handout: Letter of Commitment

North Texas Renewable Energy Group "Solarize Your Neighborhood"
Networking Event
January 11, 2014

Solar Ready II Workshop
December 11, 2013

The Next Big Energy Play in
Texas – Huge Solar

December 4, 2013

DFW Solar Tour
October 5, 2013

Renewable Energy Roundup &
Green Living Fair

September 27-29, 2013

Solar Powering Your Community Workshop
May 20, 2013
Presentations and Videos:
       Introductions & Solar 101 - Video       Permitting, Zoning, & Financing - Video       Local Discussion & Wrap Up - Video

3/23/2015 MF/MG

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