Mike Steenbergen Proposes Granite Shoals Solar Initiative

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Mike Steenbergen proposes that Granite Shoals enter this Department of Energy contest with a chance to win an April award of $10,000 or 60,000 and a chance at a $500,000 Grand Prize. The SunShot Prize - Solar in Your Community Challenge is a prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access to all Americans, especially under served 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.

Offering $5 million in cash prizes and technical assistance over 18 months, the challenge supports teams across the country to develop projects or programs that expand solar access to under served groups, while proving that these business models can be widely replicated and adopted by similar groups.

Participation in the challenge is open to:

Teams working to develop a portfolio of solar projects in their communities or create new solar programs that extend solar access to LMI households and nonprofits; and
Technical assistance providers (consultants and coaches) that assist teams throughout the 18-month challenge by providing the coaching and resources teams need to create innovative new business models.

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and administered by The State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute. Visit the challenge website to learn more, apply, and get involved. http://www.solarinyourcommunity.org/