Diablo Innovation Alliance Wins DOE Grant

Through the Rooftop Solar Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $12 million for 22 collaborative city, county, state, and regional teams to streamline permitting and reduce regulation costs. The Contra Costa Economic Partnership’s Diablo Innovation Alliance initiative was one of those teams.

“The Economic Partnership is working closely with industry to accelerate market adoption and to reduce barriers to innovative solar and other clean energy programs throughout the region,” said Partnership Chair Alex Mehran. “We want to become a global center of clean technology and innovation, and this grant will help us begin to get there.”

“We are extremely excited about this new award and the boost that it provides to spur innovation and job creation in our region,” said Stephen Baiter, Executive Director for the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County. “By continuing to develop and promote policies that support sustainable and efficient energy sources, we will fuel increased demand for our rapidly growing solar industry cluster and get more people in the East Bay back to work.”