Featured Solar In Your Community Teams
Sustainable human, environmental, and community development that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of...
The sun gives people hope
Solar Alliance Freedom is committed to building affordable sustainable solar projects to benefit quality of life, financial stability,...
“Baduwat ledik, huluvigaduvi'milh” From the Wiyot: ‘Mad River sunshine, so many kinds of uses.’
People powering their future into the next Centennial
Solar Power For Everyone
We can do it here, and it can be done anywhere!
Communities Creating for Synergy for Solar Energy
Help nonprofit organizations, businesses and residents lower electricity costs to increase the economic base of Decatur County, Iowa.
Waste Not, Want Not
Providing registered 501(c)(3)s a path to solar ownership.
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
Solar energy for multifamily affordable housing across Seattle
Brighter Days- Em(POWER)ing Communities
To educate the public about affordable solar and energy efficiency opportunities available to low-income family, homeowners, and houses...
Creating Access For All
Solar powered year-round urban farming reducing racial and economic disparities in our community with increased access to healthy food,...
Because everyone deserves clean energy
Solar for Illinois’s interfaith community. Providing low cost solar energy to faith communities in all Illinois Communities.
Going Net Zero Solar in Huntsville and the TVA region
Making solar affordable for the rest of us
Today's Youth are Making Tomorrow's Energy Choices!
GRID Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity Making Solar Accessible to Everyone!
Local investments by local people.
As members of the community, organized by local non-profit, Nehemiah Economic Development, Solar Pioneers overcome challenges of...
Mine the Sun
Sustainable solar jobs for distressed communities
Turning negatives into positive pictures!
Taking Back the Sun!
Providing equitable and accessible community solar
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
For a better future, build cleaner cities
Providing an Opportunity for more NH Families to Benefit from Solar PV Energy
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.