Department of Energy Solar America Cities Program
The U.S. Department of Energy has named Houston as one of the 25 U.S. Solar America Cities working to accelerate the adoption of solar energy technologies for a cleaner, more secure energy future.Through the Solar America Cities effort, the DOE is working to rapidly increase the use and integration of solar energy in communities across the country.
DOE recognizes the important role role of local governments in accelerating widespread solar energy adoption. As the nation's centers of electricity consumption, cities are uniquely positioned to reduce global climate change, strengthen America's energy independence, and support the transition to a clean energy economy by converting to solar energy sources.
DOE has taken a three-pronged approach to indentifying and overcoming barriers to urban solar implementation, then sharing lessons learned and best practices to facilitate replication across the nation.
- Solar America Cities Partnerships are cooperative agreements between DOE and 25 large U.S. cities to develop comprehensive, city-wide approaches to increasing solar energy use.
- Solar America Cities Special Projects, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, tackle key barriers to urban solar energy use that were identified through the 25 city partnerships. Read more about these special projects.
- Solar America Cities Technical Outreach is an effort to share the best practices developed through the partnerships and special projects with hundreds of other local governments, accelerating solar