‘Solar in Your Community’ Challenge Aims to Bring Affordable Solar Electricity to Low- and Moderate-income Households
The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has announced the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a new prize competition to improve solar electricity access for underserved communities. Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance over 18 months, the challenge encourages communities to work together to create replicable, innovative business and financial models that expand solar to low- and moderate-income (LMI) households.
Because not all Americans own their rooftop, the challenge aims to spur the development of inclusive solutions such as community solar. A fact sheet on the challenge is available here; other resources can be found here.
There are a few ways communities and residents can participate:
- Create a team: Work with local businesses, nonprofits, schools and community leaders to develop a portfolio of solar projects or create new programs that extend solar access to LMI households and nonprofits.
- Become an expert: Provide coaching or serve as a subject matter expert to teams as they develop their projects throughout the challenge.
Applications for teams and experts are due March 17. Team applications include a three-page written application, a short video (see sample pitch video here) and a short public-facing description describing the project or program’s impact.