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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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The People's Solar
Accelerating Solar Energy Adoption by Not for Profit Organizations through Structured Finance
Transforming Brunswick to a resilient city one block at a time
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
Power by the people, for the people.
Providing a platform to expand the deployment of clean energy technologies, increase employment opportunities, improve environmental and...
Combining Architectural Preservation with Energy Innovation
Going Net Zero Solar in Huntsville and the TVA region
Clean and renewable, why wouldnt you go green with the use of solar energy?
From Rustbelt to Sunbelt
GRID Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity Making Solar Accessible to Everyone!
For the community by the Community
Solar in Your Community - Path to Resilience
Energy Independence Working Together
Bringing solar power to working class families in the Ozarks
Shining Light on a Clean Energy Future
As members of the community, organized by local non-profit, Nehemiah Economic Development, Solar Pioneers overcome challenges of...
Solar for Illinois’s interfaith community. Providing low cost solar energy to faith communities in all Illinois Communities.
Advocating for sustainability through renewable energy initiatives for Ashland and Bayfield Counties, Wisconsin.
Expanding Solar into the Low Income Weatherization Market in Illinois
Capturing Savings for Minnesota Local Governments
The Nation's Capital as the Nation's Solar Capital
Fostering a Viable Clean Economy in South Dallas Through Community-Based Solar
Going Green While Growing Greens
Community Power: Let There Be Light
Building Rural Independence through Solar Energy (RISE)
Piloting, refining, and replicating community solar across Oregon
Community Owned Community Solar
Bringing Solar Energy to All in Atlanta
Bringing solar arrays to community supporting organizations, The Ronald McDonald House and Voorhees College.
Taking an innovative, integrated approach to scaling up solar in our sunny Southwest Colorado community.
We help NGOs decrease their expenses so they can increase their impact.
Suncerely, Summit County
Waste Not, Want Not
People-Funded Renewable Energy
“Baduwat ledik, huluvigaduvi'milh” From the Wiyot: ‘Mad River sunshine, so many kinds of uses.’
Power for a New Generation
Solar - Affordable for All
By partnering with two churches in the Baltimore area, we aim to provide solar energy to underserved communities and LMI households. We...
Providing an Opportunity for more NH Families to Benefit from Solar PV Energy
Best Team Ever
Lighting the Way for Community Led Solar in Anacostia
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.