Calling all consultants and coaches, log in and apply now to provide expert support to the Solar in your Community Challenge Teams! We’re looking for experts to develop and deliver training, webinars, and resources related to common questions the teams are facing around legal, finance, permitting, interconnection and installation, and other topics.
This week's solar short is from Michael Borovik, an energy lawyer and challenge coach, who discusses how to find a lawyer for your project and potentially get a pro-bono consultation. Michael is also interested in working with teams to help them find pro-bono legal advice. Check out the full collection of solar shorts here.
Solarize Philly is the first citywide solarize initiative in Philadelphia. A Solarize campaign allows a group of homeowners to install solar together at a reduced price. Led by the Philadelphia Energy Authority, the team’s goal is to add 2.5 MW of PV on 500 homes in the city. As of July, more than 1,500 households have expressed interest in participating, 11 contracts have been signed, and three solar installation companies have been selected.
Read past success stories here.
Storehouse of Hope "all the works that are done under the sun".
We help NGOs decrease their expenses so they can increase their impact.
“Baduwat ledik, huluvigaduvi'milh” From the Wiyot: ‘Mad River sunshine, so many kinds of uses.’
Brighter Days- Em(POWER)ing Communities
lets go solar
The Casa Móvil Sol project will install 1.2kW solar arrays at 100 mobile homes in Española, New Mexico by October, 2018, within the...
Powering community solar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Making clean energy possible for all Philadelphians
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
Change the culture, changes the behavior, changes the community
Empowering Communities with Clean Energy Solutions
Solar Alliance Freedom is committed to building affordable sustainable solar projects to benefit quality of life, financial stability,...
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
Enabling solar power for all households with suitable rooftops in Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana, including those of low-income...
Waste Not, Want Not
21st Century Energy and Education for rural Mississippi
SunPower Community Solar Access & Solar Jobs Project
Everyone Wins With Solar
Developing community shared solar projects for an equitable clean energy future
Solar for All Toward 100% Renewable Electricity
Advocating for sustainability through renewable energy initiatives for Ashland and Bayfield Counties, Wisconsin.
Bringing solar to Ann Arbor faith communities
Solar is just the start.
Tazewell County Solar Airport Project, Bringing Renewable Energy to Pekin, IL
Combining Architectural Preservation with Energy Innovation
Shining Light on a Clean Energy Future
Because everyone deserves clean energy
The Community Affordable Renewable Energy Project (CARE) is a scalable 100% low-income dedicated 4 MW Community Solar Garden in the...
Going Green While Growing Greens
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.
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.