RE-volv uses crowdfunding to finance solar for community-based nonprofits. The nonprofits save money on their electric bills while paying a lease to RE-volv, which reinvests the payments in a revolving fund to finance new solar projects. RE-volv has crowdfunded 10 solar projects in CA, WI, PA, and ME and is on track to install 15 by October 2018. RE-volv has a matching grant from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and has won a Green Power Leadership Award for its Solar Ambassador Program training college students to be the next generation of clean energy leaders.
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This week's solar short is from Michael Borovik, an energy lawyer and challenge coach, who discusses how to find a lawyer for your project and potentially get a pro-bono consultation. Michael is also interested in working with teams to help them find pro-bono legal advice. Check out the full collection of solar shorts here.
Power by the people, for the people.
Bringing access to solar to everyone by addressing market barriers
REP will use an existing project under development to capture lessons learned for using community solar as a tool to make housing more...
From Rustbelt to Sunbelt
Transforming Brunswick to a resilient city one block at a time
Cleaner Energy- Cleaner Communities
Supporting rail communities with clean solar energy
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
Your choice for a better future.
As members of the community, organized by local non-profit, Nehemiah Economic Development, Solar Pioneers overcome challenges of...
Transforming LADWP and creating a new clean energy economy
Are you solar ready?
Help nonprofit organizations, businesses and residents lower electricity costs to increase the economic base of Decatur County, Iowa.
The People's Solar
Sharing the sun through innovative partnerships and financing
Creating a model enabling the Y and other non-profits to bring solar to communities everywhere.
Making solar a reality for all Milwaukeeans
“Baduwat ledik, huluvigaduvi'milh” From the Wiyot: ‘Mad River sunshine, so many kinds of uses.’
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
Solar Alliance Freedom is committed to building affordable sustainable solar projects to benefit quality of life, financial stability,...
Making solar affordable for the rest of us
Going Green While Growing Greens
Powering opportunities one panel at a time
Sustainable human, environmental, and community development that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of...
Solar Access for All
The sun gives people hope
Solar powered year-round urban farming reducing racial and economic disparities in our community with increased access to healthy food,...
Shining Light on a Clean Energy Future
Using Social Impact Bonding and community trust ownership models to Demonstrate a New National Model of Low-income Energy Assistance.
We help NGOs decrease their expenses so they can increase their impact.
We seek to expand solar to low income homeowners by developing a sharing solar fund. The fund pays the upfront costs of installation,...
Accelerating Adoption for Communities and Businesses
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.