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National Community Solar Partnership

Open Date:

Continuous

Close Date:

Continuous

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institution
  • General Public
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • Private Sector
  • Public Utility Entity
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

Technical Assistance

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Upcoming Milestones:

March 17, 2022, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET: Getting to 5 Million: Current Community Solar Deployment and Pathways to Reach 5 Million Households NCSP set a target to enable community solar to power the equivalent of 5 million households by 2025, generating $1 billion in energy bill savings for community solar subscribers. Join this webinar, led by Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst and David Feldman, Senior Financial Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to get a first look at the 2021 community solar deployment data and a deep dive into the modeling done by NREL on the market drivers that demonstrate how the new NCSP initiatives on the ‘Pathway to Success’ will get community solar to 5 million.  Visit https://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/events for additional information.

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy

Overview

The National Community Solar Partnership is a community of solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every American household by 2025. Partners leverage peer networks and technical assistance resources to set goals and work to overcome persistent barriers to expanding community solar access to underserved communities..

  • National Community Solar Partners receive access to the full benefits of the Partnership, including:
  • Technical Assistance: Receive tailored support from experts to solve challenges with implementing community solar in either a one-on-one or group setting.
  • Networking: Meet and connect with other partners working on community solar in your area and across the country. Partners may join or start peer-networking groups around specific topics such as financing, program design, and more.
  • Events & Opportunities: Find out about community solar events such as stakeholder convenings, technical webinars, and recognition. Partners often share opportunities including funding, feedback forums, and outlets for highlighting your work.
  • Resources: Access a curated and regularly updated database of resources on community solar, including case studies, toolkits, research papers, analysis tools, and more.
  • Share Expertise: Share your experiences and ask questions about community solar with other partners in the network.

Partner Commitments
In exchange for access to these benefits, partners commit to actively engaging in the National Community Solar Partnership in order to help meet its ambitious goal of making community solar accessible to all Americans by 2025. Active engagement includes:

  • Regularly interacting with other partners on the Mobilize platform (to build capacity among partners and share best practices that accelerate community solar in underserved markets);
  • Sharing data and information with the Partnership, when possible, to inform research efforts and the National Community Solar Partnership design; and
  • Setting ambitious goals within your organization around increasing access to community solar and reporting your progress at regular intervals.

Mobilize Platform
Much of the collaboration in the National Community Solar Partnership occurs on the Mobilize Platform. Mobilize allows Partners to connect with each other, share resources and opportunities, and create discussion groups based on specific community solar topics or issues. The Department of Energy and other founding partners often share program updates, research, and available opportunities on the platform.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Technical Assistance
Total Amount Available:
$0
Limit per Applicant:
N/A
Estimated Awards:
N/A

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

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