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.
Solar Access for All
Solar for Illinois’s interfaith community. Providing low cost solar energy to faith communities in all Illinois Communities.
Accelerating Adoption for Communities and Businesses
Sharing a Cost-Replicable Model for Net Positive Energy School
Sustainable solar jobs for distressed communities
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
Bringing access to solar to everyone by addressing market barriers
We Are Solar
Shining the Light on Rural Solar Opportunities in Wisconsin
Community Power: Let There Be Light
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
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Making quality, affordable housing even more affordable through reduced energy costs.
Community Owned Community Solar
The Sun Shines the Way
Powering community solar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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.