Featured Solar In Your Community Teams
Solar for a Purpose
Solar energy for multifamily affordable housing across Seattle
Enabling solar power for all households with suitable rooftops in Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana, including those of low-income...
Solar Access for All
Accelerating Solar Energy Adoption by Not for Profit Organizations through Structured Finance
Transforming the economy of Virginia's coal-producing region by fueling innovation, leading collaboration and supporting...
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
A Collaboration of Concern Individuals Coming Together To Resuscitate A Poverty-Stricken Neighborhood Through Solar Panel Installation...
Affordable Solar Solutions for South Brooklyn
Developing community shared solar projects for an equitable clean energy future
Energy Without Limits
Providing an Opportunity for more NH Families to Benefit from Solar PV Energy
Your choice for a better future.
Free Fuel Deliveries Daily/ NH Community Supported Solar
Making quality, affordable housing even more affordable through reduced energy costs.
Turning Sunshine into Savings
SNIP / solar neighborhood investment project
The Casa Móvil Sol project will install 1.2kW solar arrays at 100 mobile homes in Española, New Mexico by October, 2018, within the...
Bringing solar to Ann Arbor faith communities
Transforming Brunswick to a resilient city one block at a time
Bringing Solar to Our Neighborhoods
People powering their future into the next Centennial
Going Net Zero Solar in Huntsville and the TVA region
Mining gold from the sun and sharing the wealth.
Mine the Sun
Making clean energy possible for all Philadelphians
Because everyone deserves clean energy
Working to open opportunities for solar development to benefit low and moderate income households – paving the way for sustainably...
Let the sunshine in
Advocating for sustainability through renewable energy initiatives for Ashland and Bayfield Counties, Wisconsin.
Power to the Community.
Solar powered year-round urban farming reducing racial and economic disparities in our community with increased access to healthy food,...
Solar in Your Community challenge Bringing solar to all Americans
The Solar in Your Community Challenge is a $5 million contest to support innovative and replicable community-based solar business models and programs that will bring solar to underserved communities.Download Rulebook
Low and moderate income (LMI) households represent 40% of America’s population, but less than 5% of all solar customers. LMI households, non-profits, and government organizations face several barriers to going solar, including limited financing options, low or no credit history, and lack of access to the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit.
Call to Action
We call on innovators around the country to team up with key stakeholders in local communities and explore, pilot, and scale up new models that will create new solar markets for low and moderate income households, non-profits, and local governments.
Form a team to design and deploy scalable community-based solar projects or programs, up to 5MW in 18 months that serve at least 20% LMI households or 60% non-profits. Teams must register on the platform to join and then submit an application to participate. Projects and programs must be completed between 5/2/17 – 10/31/18.
Teams will compete for a $500,000 Grand Prize for most effectively demonstrating an innovative and scalable solar model. DOE will grant up to $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance throughout the competition with up to $2 million in seed prizes, $2 million technical assistance, and $1 million in final prizes.
How it Works
Participants in the Challenge include teams, experts, and supporters. Teams should consist of multiple stakeholders (e.g. entrepreneurs, financiers, utility representatives, local governments, and community leaders). If you are interested in connecting to people in your area, you can register now as a supporter.
- Register to join and network online
- Define your goals and plans
- Apply to compete in the Challenge
- Register to join and network online
- Choose to be a Consultant or a Coach
- Apply to support teams in the Challenge
- Register to join online
- Explain how you plan to support teams
- Network online