DOE named winners in $5 million competition to expand access to solar energy

Denver, Colorado, USA

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million competition launched in 2016 as a way to improve energy affordability and expand solar access to low-and-moderate-income (LMI) households. A project led by the housing authority of the City and County of Denver, took the grand prize of $500,000. In total, the winning teams proposed 25.7 MW of solar energy projects across the country by 2020, benefiting more than 1,200 households and 18 nonprofit organizations through significant energy cost savings and community-level solar skill building.
The winners were chosen from among 170 teams across 40 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which evaluated all the teams in the competition, released a report detailing innovations tested by the program. The projects, if fully developed, would benefit nearly 50,000 households and generate 1,600 MW of solar.
»The Solar in Your Community Challenge meets the need through the power of local ideas and is yet another successful example of what’s possible through local and Federal cooperation,« said Marc Ott, executive director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the challenge’s prize administrator.

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