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Solar Ready

On Oct. 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II awarded $2.575 million to the Mid-America Regional Council and its partners to help make it easier for residents and businesses to use solar energy. The competitive funding award is one of eight given nationwide, totaling more than $12 million. For more information, contact MARC Solar Energy Coordinator Laura Machala.

Solar Ready II builds on the work done through the 2011-12 Solar Ready KC initiative implemented by MARC and a consortium of regional partners.
Read more about Solar Ready KC »

With this second round of Rooftop Solar Challenge awards, the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative supports efforts to cut red tape, reduce “plug-in” costs and make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources. Over the next 30 months, MARC is working with regional and national partners to implement the Solar Ready II initiative. Please follow this link to learn more about Solar Ready II, including an up-to-date set of Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Regionally, Solar Ready II is expanding improved permitting processes to more local governments; developing GIS mapping tools to determine which rooftops are most conducive to solar energy; developing market research panels; and expanding financing options.

Locally, 26 jurisdictions are actively participating in the Solar Ready II program, including the cities of Belton, Blue Springs, Gladstone, Grandview, Independence, Kansas City, Lansing, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Mission, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, Olathe, Platte City, Prairie Village, Raymore, Raytown, Roeland Park, Shawnee and Sugar Creek, as well as Clay, Jackson, Johnson and Wyandotte county governments.

In June, 2015, the Solar Ready II project released a case study that provides insight into the value of a regional approach to solar and the powerful roles that regional planning councils can play in reaching and supporting a large number of local governments. Read the Case Study »

In 2014, MARC’s Solar Ready II program received a Solar Advocacy Award from the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association (MOSEIA) at the organization’s annual conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. Read more about the award.


Nationally, MARC is partnering with the National Association of Regional Councils to replicate its successful model in nine other regions, working with regional councils representing central New York, northwest Indiana, southwest Florida, and the metro areas of Philadelphia, Phoenix, Dallas, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C. Other award partners include the Council of State Governments and Meister Consultants Group, Inc.