Calling all consultants and coaches, log in and apply now to provide expert support to the Solar in your Community Challenge Teams! We’re looking for experts to develop and deliver training, webinars, and resources related to common questions the teams are facing around legal, finance, permitting, interconnection and installation, and other topics.
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.
Starting with a pilot project, we will create a critical mass of energy efficient solar powered housing units for Low-Income (LI)...
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WHA, the largest affordable housing provider in DE & Ecogy Solar, an experienced solar financier and developer, team up to redevelop a...
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.