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$200,000 Available for Community Solar Projects - Applications due 7/14

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) announced the second round of the American-Made Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar, which offers $200,000 to community solar projects and programs that employ best practices in delivering meaningful benefits to their subscribers and communities.

The Sunny Awards is a prize competition that recognizes community solar project portfolios and state-, utility-, municipal-, tribal-, or territory-led programs that employ or develop best practices to increase equitable access to the meaningful benefits of community solar. These include low- to moderate-income household access, greater household savings, increased resilience, community ownership, and equitable workforce development and entrepreneurship.

Community solar is defined by DOE as any solar project or purchasing program in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers, such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups, within a certain geographic area. Community solar allows all community members to access the meaningful benefits of renewable energy, particularly those with low to moderate incomes, renters, and those for whom traditional rooftop solar is unavailable.

Applications for the prize competition are due July 14 at 5 p.m. ET.

The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office will host an informational webinar on May 9 at 12 p.m. ET to discuss the prize program and the areas of focus. Register for the webinar.

Learn more about this prize and view other open funding, prize and competition opportunities within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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