Solar in Your Community Challenge

The SunShot Initiative has announced the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a new prize competition that aims to improve solar electricity access to underserved communities across the country. 

Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance (TA) 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 households. Because not all Americans own their rooftop, the Challenge aims to spur the development of inclusive solutions—like community solar—to help even more Americans go solar. 

There are a few ways you can participate:

  • Create a team: Work with local businesses, nonprofits, schools, and community leaders to either 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. 

Early applications for teams and experts are due January 6th. Team applications include a three-page written application, a short video, and a short public-facing description, that describes your project or program’s impact.  Learn more about how the competition works and apply today