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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Harnessing the sun to empower the community
REP will use an existing project under development to capture lessons learned for using community solar as a tool to make housing more...
Bringing solar power to working class families in the Ozarks
Piloting, refining, and replicating community solar across Oregon
Taking an innovative, integrated approach to scaling up solar in our sunny Southwest Colorado community.
Because everyone deserves clean energy
A Collaboration of Concern Individuals Coming Together To Resuscitate A Poverty-Stricken Neighborhood Through Solar Panel Installation...
Sustainable human, environmental, and community development that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of...
We help NGOs decrease their expenses so they can increase their impact.
Bringing access to solar to everyone by addressing market barriers
Helping Faith Communities Spread the Light
Connecting Solar to Communities
Directing affordable resilient renewable energy systems to the non-profit and lower income communities
Supporting rail communities with clean solar energy
Working to open opportunities for solar development to benefit low and moderate income households – paving the way for sustainably...
Rochester Area Initiative for Solar Equality
Everyone Wins With Solar
Secure, Stablize, Sustainably Grow 48204!
Sustainable and Attainable
Free Fuel Deliveries Daily/ NH Community Supported Solar
S-Solar is the answer for green power for the Southwest. H-helping the community is a cooperative principle. I-incorporating green...
Solar Alliance Freedom is committed to building affordable sustainable solar projects to benefit quality of life, financial stability,...
Communities Creating for Synergy for Solar Energy
Solar for All Toward 100% Renewable Electricity
Community Solar Done Right.
We can do it here, and it can be done anywhere!
WHA, the largest affordable housing provider in DE & Ecogy Solar, an experienced solar financier and developer, team up to redevelop a...
South Carolina's Solar Energy Pilot Program
The sun gives people hope
Community Solar Barn Raising for the Common Good
The Casa Móvil Sol project will install 1.2kW solar arrays at 100 mobile homes in Española, New Mexico by October, 2018, within the...
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.