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%.
Invest in community, Invest in our schools, Empower our students
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
Developing community shared solar projects for an equitable clean energy future
Powering community solar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Where the Sun Shines Green
Combining Architectural Preservation with Energy Innovation
Help nonprofit organizations, businesses and residents lower electricity costs to increase the economic base of Decatur County, Iowa.
WHA, the largest affordable housing provider in DE & Ecogy Solar, an experienced solar financier and developer, team up to redevelop a...
Enabling solar power for all households with suitable rooftops in Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana, including those of low-income...
Sharing the sun through innovative partnerships and financing
Affordable Solar Solutions for South Brooklyn
Brighter Days- Em(POWER)ing Communities
Solar Alliance Freedom is committed to building affordable sustainable solar projects to benefit quality of life, financial stability,...
The Community is Rising
Reinvesting in Community Organizations Through Solar
Give them solar and you'll save one home, teach them solar and you'll save the world
Using the sun helps our com-muni-ty run!
Sustainable and Attainable
We seek to expand solar to low income homeowners by developing a sharing solar fund. The fund pays the upfront costs of installation,...
Enabling Solar Access for Maryland's Affordable Housing Community
Bringing Solar to Our Neighborhoods
Making quality, affordable housing even more affordable through reduced energy costs.
Providing registered 501(c)(3)s a path to solar ownership.
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.