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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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Non Profit First: Affordable Solar
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
Sustainable and Attainable
Fostering a Viable Clean Economy in South Dallas Through Community-Based Solar
Expanding Solar into the Low Income Weatherization Market in Illinois
Providing a platform to expand the deployment of clean energy technologies, increase employment opportunities, improve environmental and...
Going Net Zero Solar in Huntsville and the TVA region
As members of the community, organized by local non-profit, Nehemiah Economic Development, Solar Pioneers overcome challenges of...
Sharing the sun through innovative partnerships and financing
Covering Costs With Sunshine
Making quality, affordable housing even more affordable through reduced energy costs.
Solar for all houses of worship
Taking an innovative, integrated approach to scaling up solar in our sunny Southwest Colorado community.
Solar Alliance Freedom is committed to building affordable sustainable solar projects to benefit quality of life, financial stability,...
Making clean energy possible for all Philadelphians
Mining gold from the sun and sharing the wealth.
The Community is Rising
Today's Youth are Making Tomorrow's Energy Choices!
Piloting, refining, and replicating community solar across Oregon
Helping Faith Communities Spread the Light
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
REP will use an existing project under development to capture lessons learned for using community solar as a tool to make housing more...
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.