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.
SNIP / solar neighborhood investment project
The benefit of solar at work, for all
Open the door for 48204!
Energy Opportunity For All
Solar Access for All
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
“Baduwat ledik, huluvigaduvi'milh” From the Wiyot: ‘Mad River sunshine, so many kinds of uses.’
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
Solar for Non-Profits
Solar for Illinois’s interfaith community. Providing low cost solar energy to faith communities in all Illinois Communities.
Suncerely, Summit County
By partnering with two churches in the Baltimore area, we aim to provide solar energy to underserved communities and LMI households. We...
Bringing Solar to Our Neighborhoods
The Sun Shines the Way
Capturing Savings for Minnesota Local Governments
Providing an Opportunity for more NH Families to Benefit from Solar PV Energy
Community Solar Done Right.
Expanding Solar into the Low Income Weatherization Market in Illinois
Turning negatives into positive pictures!
The Community is Rising
Energy Equity For All
Brighter Days- Em(POWER)ing Communities
An Innovative Public Private Partnership using Solar Energy to Revitalize an Historic Downtown Community
The Nation's Capital as the Nation's Solar Capital
We help NGOs decrease their expenses so they can increase their impact.
Advocating for sustainability through renewable energy initiatives for Ashland and Bayfield Counties, Wisconsin.
From Rustbelt to Sunbelt
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.