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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-695-9226
or Lori Clark at email@example.com or 817-695-9232.