The country's first solar array on Native American land will benefit 100 people per year by reducing their energy bills by 10-25%.
Creating MORE using LESS!! Our goal is to successfully generate more renewable energy with less negative impacts to our environment,...
Solar for every American! Solar is my birthright!
Solar for every community
People powering their future into the next Centennial
Community Power: Let There Be Light
Non Profit First: Affordable Solar
Creating Access For All
Providing equitable and accessible community solar
Shining Light on a Clean Energy Future
REP will use an existing project under development to capture lessons learned for using community solar as a tool to make housing more...
SNIP / solar neighborhood investment project
To educate the public about affordable solar and energy efficiency opportunities available to low-income family, homeowners, and houses...
“Baduwat ledik, huluvigaduvi'milh” From the Wiyot: ‘Mad River sunshine, so many kinds of uses.’
Serving Solar to those who need it
People-Funded Renewable Energy
Enabling Solar Access for Maryland's Affordable Housing Community
Bringing access to solar to everyone by addressing market barriers
Working to open opportunities for solar development to benefit low and moderate income households – paving the way for sustainably...
SunPower Community Solar Access & Solar Jobs Project
Inclusive. People. Power.
From Our Campuses to Your Communities
The Casa Móvil Sol project will install 1.2kW solar arrays at 100 mobile homes in Española, New Mexico by October, 2018, within the...
Mining gold from the sun and sharing the wealth.
Using Social Impact Bonding and community trust ownership models to Demonstrate a New National Model of Low-income Energy Assistance.
Taking an innovative, integrated approach to scaling up solar in our sunny Southwest Colorado community.
Solar Access for All
Your choice for a better future.
The benefit of solar at work, for all
21st Century Energy and Education for rural Mississippi
Solar for all houses of worship
An Innovative Public Private Partnership using Solar Energy to Revitalize an Historic Downtown Community
Solar energy for multifamily affordable housing across Seattle
Invest in community, Invest in our schools, Empower our students
By the Community, for the Community
Making solar a reality for all Milwaukeeans
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.