|Release of Official Rules||November 18, 2016|
|Early application deadline||January 6, 2017|
|Application deadline||March 17, 2017|
|Seed funding and vouchers awarded||April 2017|
|Marketplace opens||April 2017|
|Performance period begins||May 1, 2017|
|Late-start application deadline||August 1, 2017|
|Performance period ends||October 31, 2018|
|Accepting applications for final prizes||November 2018|
|Announcements of final prizes winners (expected)||January 2019|
Bring solar to LMI households, non-profits, and local governments at scale.
Build local capacity to support mid-scale solar projects.
1 GW of local solar projects before 2020 due to scalable, replicable, sustainable, and innovative business and financial models without new legislation
Design and deploy scalable local solar projects/programs (25-5,000 kW) in 18 months with customer bases consisting of at least 20% Low and Moderate Income (LMI) or 60% non-profit.
Prizes & Awards
Seed prizes $2M ($20-50k each + 20% LMI bonus)
Technical Assistance prizes $2M (up to $10k each)
Final prizes $1M
Teams (projects or programs)
Consultants (general, specialized, and team coaches)
Phase 1 (November 2016 - March 2017): Applications
Phase 2 (May 2017 - October 2018): Get to work and engage the Consultant Marketplace
Phase 3 (November 2018 - January 2019): Final Prizes
For more information about the detailed rules of the Challenge, please download the rulebook.