Featured Solar In Your Community Teams
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
The Nation's Capital as the Nation's Solar Capital
Solar for Non-Profits
Accelerating Solar Energy Adoption by Not for Profit Organizations through Structured Finance
GRID Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity Making Solar Accessible to Everyone!
Starting with a pilot project, we will create a critical mass of energy efficient solar powered housing units for Low-Income (LI)...
Making quality, affordable housing even more affordable through reduced energy costs.
The benefit of solar at work, for all
Enabling solar power for all households with suitable rooftops in Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana, including those of low-income...
South Carolina's Solar Energy Pilot Program
Transforming the economy of Virginia's coal-producing region by fueling innovation, leading collaboration and supporting...
Using the sun helps our com-muni-ty run!
Sharing a Cost-Replicable Model for Net Positive Energy School
Bringing Solar Energy to All in Atlanta
Advocating for sustainability through renewable energy initiatives for Ashland and Bayfield Counties, Wisconsin.
"Power for the People"
Sharing the sun through innovative partnerships and financing
The Community Affordable Renewable Energy Project (CARE) is a scalable 100% low-income dedicated 4 MW Community Solar Garden in the...
Affordable Solar Solutions for South Brooklyn
The Casa Móvil Sol project will install 1.2kW solar arrays at 100 mobile homes in Española, New Mexico by October, 2018, within the...
Providing a platform to expand the deployment of clean energy technologies, increase employment opportunities, improve environmental and...
Enabling Solar Access for Maryland's Affordable Housing Community
lets go solar
Taking Back the Sun!
Solar for All Toward 100% Renewable Electricity
Cultural riches often abound in materially poor urban communities. Worcester MA is no exception, with over 60 languages spoken in our...
Capturing Savings for Minnesota Local Governments
Transforming Brunswick to a resilient city one block at a time
Community Solar Barn Raising for the Common Good
Bringing access to solar to everyone by addressing market barriers
Open the door for 48204!
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.