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Solarize Philly is the first citywide solarize initiative in Philadelphia. A Solarize campaign allows a group of homeowners to install solar together at a reduced price. Led by the Philadelphia Energy Authority, the team’s goal is to add 2.5 MW of PV on 500 homes in the city. As of July, more than 1,500 households have expressed interest in participating, 11 contracts have been signed, and three solar installation companies have been selected.
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Where the Sun Shines Green
Shining Light on a Clean Energy Future
Waste Not, Want Not
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
Clean and renewable, why wouldnt you go green with the use of solar energy?
Solar for All Toward 100% Renewable Electricity
Providing an Opportunity for more NH Families to Benefit from Solar PV Energy
Helping Faith Communities Spread the Light
Today's Youth are Making Tomorrow's Energy Choices!
Accelerating Solar Energy Adoption by Not for Profit Organizations through Structured Finance
Community Solar Barn Raising for the Common Good
Taking an innovative, integrated approach to scaling up solar in our sunny Southwest Colorado community.
Sustainable human, environmental, and community development that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of...
Suncerely, Summit County
lets go solar
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
Working to open opportunities for solar development to benefit low and moderate income households – paving the way for sustainably...
Starting with a pilot project, we will create a critical mass of energy efficient solar powered housing units for Low-Income (LI)...
Empowering Communities with Clean Energy Solutions
Harnessing the sun to empower the community
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.
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.