Solar in Your Community Challenge

Solar in Your Community Challenge

The SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge is a prize competition which aims to expand solar electricity access to all Americans, especially underserved segments such as low- and moderate-income (LMI) households, state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations. In order to make solar more accessible and inclusive for every American, the challenge works to spur the development of new and innovative financial and business models that serve non-rooftop solar users such as community solar.




17 Mar 2017


The United States Department of Energy will grant up to $2,000,000 (two million dollars) in seed prizes, $2,000,000 (two million dollars) technical assistance, and $1,000,000 (one million dollars) in final prizes making a total of $5 million.

The final prizes can be broken down into:

Grand Prize winner: $500,000
Grand Prize runner up: $200,000
Best LMI Program: $100,000
Best Non-Profit Program: $100,000
Best Non-Profit Project: $100,000


Early Application Deadline: Jan 6th, 2017
Challenge begins: May 2017
Challenge ends: October 2018
Final prize announcement: January 2019

Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).

Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.

Credit: Solar in Your Community Challenge 


Date Added: 3 Feb 2017

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