About Us

The National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) is a coalition of community solar partners and stakeholders working to give every American household access to affordable community solar by 2025. The Partnership is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiative led by the Solar Energy Technologies Office, in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Partners leverage peer networks and technical assistance resources to set goals and overcome barriers to expanding community solar access for underserved communities.

The three goals of the partnership are to:

  • Make community solar accessible to every U.S. household
  • Ensure community solar is affordable for every U.S. household
  • Enable communities to realize supplementary benefits and other value streams from community solar installations

To achieve these goals, NCSP provides an array of national and local stakeholders (state, local, and tribal governments, utilities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and others) the tools and information they need to design and implement successful community solar models. The NCSP tracks progress towards its goals on the Trends page.

The partnership will provide these through three major activities:

Peer Networking

Partners have access to an online community platform, virtual and in-person meetings, webinars and other tools to engage with DOE staff and each other.

Technical Assistance

Partners have access to technical assistance resources from DOE, its national laboratories, and independent subject-matter experts for support on unique local challenges.

Collaboration

NCSP hosts structured groups of partners, called collaboratives, formed around specific topics such as municipal utilities and affordable housing. Collaborative members address common barriers to solar adoption by learning from each other and sharing resources.

Partners

NCSP partners all have their own goals for expanding community solar market. To participate in the National Community Solar Partnership, register by visiting the community platform.