The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Clean Power Finance a US$3 million grant through its SunShot Initiative. This money will be used to fund the development of a database and software to reduce solar permitting and data management costs throughout the US.

Clean Power Finance's proposed database will contain crowd-sourced information supplied from various stakeholders, including solar professionals and organisations. The company will also encourage its 1,400 customers, which includes some of the largest solar integrators, panel manufacturers and electrical distributors in the US, to participate.

The software applications, which are to be integrated with the database, will increase transparency and streamline the permitting process with municipal building departments. Users will be able to submit online applications and verify a system design meets permitting requirements.

"As the company with the largest number of solar installers, manufacturers, and distributors using our online solar sales platform, Clean Power Finance is uniquely positioned to create a valuable, open-source software tool and database to accelerate solar permitting and drive down compliance costs," Nat Kreamer, Clean Power Finance’s chief executive officer and board member, said. "The DOE award validates our team's expertise in building and managing similar software and databases for the entire solar value chain."