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 Work with the State Energy Conservation Office[NEW]
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has partnered with the Texas State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to expand best management practices for solar photovoltaic systems throughout the State of Texas. NCTCOG will focus on supply side and demand side activities, including items such as outreach to niche markets, providing trainings and solar information statewide,and expanding permitting and ordinance templates statewide.
Additional information about this project, as well as upcoming meetings and events, will be posted to this webpage as they become available.
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 Rachel Linnewiel at RLinnewiel@nctcog.org or 817-608-2329
or Lori Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-695-9232.
SECO Model Ordinance Meeting for Solar Industry Professionals
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
9:30 am – 11:00 am NCTCOG Offices
616 Six Flags Dr., Arlington Tx 76011
Agenda to be posted soon!