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DE-FOA-0001241: Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC)

The Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) funding opportunity will establish a national recognition and technical assistance program for local governments.  Once the program is established, communities that participate in SPARC will gain access to a network of nationally recognized leaders, receive expert assistance, and national distinction—supporting local efforts to spur solar market growth and deploy solar energy faster and cheaper. 

 SPARC has two Topic Areas:

·         The Designation Program Administrator (Topic A), which will establish, name, and maintain the program; and

·         The Technical Assistance Provider (Topic B), which will provide technical assistance to help communities achieve ambitious goals that eliminate market barriers and reduce soft costs.

 The SPARC designation, coupled with robust and agile technical assistance, will spur communities across the country to earn recognition for achievements that distinguish them from their peers, and in doing so, ignite local solar markets while establishing consistency in solar practices across the country.


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To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001241 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.


A recording of the FOA Informational Webinar held on 2/18/2015 can be downloaded at this link.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001241: SOLAR POWERING AMERICA BY RECOGNIZING COMMUNITIES (SPARC): NATIONAL SOLAR RECOGNITION/DESIGNATION PROGRAM FOR SOLAR STAKEHOLDERS AND COMMUNITIES (Modification 0001) (Last Updated: 1/21/2015 10:41 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001241 FOA FAQs Updated 4/21/2015 (Last Updated: 2/6/2015 04:17 PM ET)
  • Slides from FOA Webinar (Last Updated: 2/23/2015 06:25 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/5/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/27/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/2/2015 4:30 PM ET – 6/5/2015 4:30 PM ET