The country's first community solar array on Native American land will benefit 100 people per year by reducing their energy bills by 10-25%.
The Community Affordable Renewable Energy Project (CARE) is a scalable 100% low-income dedicated 4 MW Community Solar Garden in the...
Starting with a pilot project, we will create a critical mass of energy efficient solar powered housing units for Low-Income (LI)...
Solar Power For Everyone
Transforming Brunswick to a resilient city one block at a time
Working to open opportunities for solar development to benefit low and moderate income households – paving the way for sustainably...
Covering Costs With Sunshine
Taking an innovative, integrated approach to scaling up solar in our sunny Southwest Colorado community.
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
Providing equitable and accessible community solar
Developing community shared solar projects for an equitable clean energy future
The benefit of solar at work, for all
The Nation's Capital as the Nation's Solar Capital
Providing a platform to expand the deployment of clean energy technologies, increase employment opportunities, improve environmental and...
To educate the public about affordable solar and energy efficiency opportunities available to low-income family, homeowners, and houses...
The Community is Rising
Transforming the economy of Virginia's coal-producing region by fueling innovation, leading collaboration and supporting...
Powering community solar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
By partnering with two churches in the Baltimore area, we aim to provide solar energy to underserved communities and LMI households. We...
Solar Access for All
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
We help NGOs decrease their expenses so they can increase their impact.
As members of the community, organized by local non-profit, Nehemiah Economic Development, Solar Pioneers overcome challenges of...
A Collaboration of Concern Individuals Coming Together To Resuscitate A Poverty-Stricken Neighborhood Through Solar Panel Installation...
Solar is just the start.
Turning negatives into positive pictures!
Shining Light on a Clean Energy Future
Today's Youth are Making Tomorrow's Energy Choices!
Change the culture, changes the behavior, changes the community
REP will use an existing project under development to capture lessons learned for using community solar as a tool to make housing more...
Bringing Solar to Our Neighborhoods
Solar for every American! Solar is my birthright!
People powering their future into the next Centennial
Helping Faith Communities Spread the Light
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.