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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Cleaner Energy- Cleaner Communities
Clean and renewable, why wouldnt you go green with the use of solar energy?
Empowering Communities with Clean Energy Solutions
Developing community shared solar projects for an equitable clean energy future
Mining gold from the sun and sharing the wealth.
"Lights on the Hill"
Using Social Impact Bonding and community trust ownership models to Demonstrate a New National Model of Low-income Energy Assistance.
Solar for every American! Solar is my birthright!
Making Meriden Solar Affordable
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
Expanding Solar into the Low Income Weatherization Market in Illinois
GRID Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity Making Solar Accessible to Everyone!
Transforming LADWP and creating a new clean energy economy
Covering Costs With Sunshine
Bringing solar arrays to community supporting organizations, The Ronald McDonald House and Voorhees College.
Solar for Illinois’s interfaith community. Providing low cost solar energy to faith communities in all Illinois Communities.
Educating for solar action and access
Energy Without Limits
A Collaboration of Concern Individuals Coming Together To Resuscitate A Poverty-Stricken Neighborhood Through Solar Panel Installation...
Solar Access for All
Waste Not, Want Not
Brighter Days- Em(POWER)ing Communities
Cultural riches often abound in materially poor urban communities. Worcester MA is no exception, with over 60 languages spoken in our...
The Community is Rising
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.