Round 2 of the Community Power Accelerator Prize

Round 2 of the American-Made Community Power Accelerator Prize: Accessing Capital to Deploy Equitable Community Solar launched in July 2023. The $10 million prize from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is designed to fast-track the efforts of new, emerging, and expanding solar developers and co-developers to learn, participate, and grow their operations to support multiple successful community solar projects. The goal of this prize is to expand a robust ecosystem of community solar project developers that incorporate meaningful benefits into projects across the United States.

The Community Power Accelerator Prize aims to help achieve the National Community Solar Partnership’s (NCSP’s) goal to enable enough community solar to power the equivalent of 5 million households and create $1 billion in household savings by 2025, by addressing the lack of expertise, capacity, and pre-development funds for community solar developers, and accelerating a pipeline of projects with meaningful benefits.

Timeline

  • Round 2 launched on July 14, 2023. 
  • Informational webinars for potential applicants were held on August 8 and September 19, 2023.  
  • Phase 1 opened on July 14, with applications due October 4, 2023. 
  • Phase 1 winners were announced on January 10, 2024. 
  • Phase 2 opened on January 11, 2024. 
  • Phase 2 winners are expected to be announced in Summer 2024.  

Phase 1 Winners  

AMC CPA Prize Map Round 2

Brightening Every Community with Solar  
Powerhouse Energy 360, Georgia

Central Valley Clean Energy  
Sien, Inc., California

Community Benefits Through Community Solar 
Reactivate DevCo, LLC, Illinois  

Community Solar EmPOWERing our City and People 
Minneapolis Climate Action, Minnesota

Cowboy Community Solar 
Energy Conservation Works, Wyoming

Empowering Communities: Solar Equity for All 
Aardex Corporation, Colorado and Arkansas

Energy Sovereignty on Molokai 
Hoʻāhu Energy Cooperative Molokai, Hawaii

Enterprise Community Solar 
Enterprise Community Development, Maryland

Equitable CommUnity Solar Alliance 
Clean Slate Solar and Housing Initiative, Maryland

Equitable Community Solar for Tribal Nations 
ICAST, Virginia and New York

Equitable Community Solar—The Cooperative Model 
Cooperative Energy Futures, Minnesota

Expand Access to Low-Income New Mexicans 
Prosperity Works, New Mexico

Feather Light Energy Project 
Tribuquent, Minnesota and Oklahoma 

High Plains Community Microgrids 
Premier Energy, Nebraska and Colorado

Hunts Point Community Solar 
The Point, New York

Mississippi Community Solar for Rural Areas 
Mississippi Energy Developers, Mississippi

Motor City to Solar City 
Green Door Initiative, Michigan

Piedmont Solar 
Piedmont Housing Alliance, Virginia

RAMP Solar: Creating Energy, Food and Jobs in Los Angeles 
RAMP Solar, LLC., California

Scaling Community Solar for LMI in New Hampshire 
Monadnock Energy, New Hampshire

Silver Buckshot 
OneEnergy Renewables, Maryland and Ohio

Solar for Social Good – Hudson Valley 
Ecological Citizen’s Project, New York

Solar Savings for LMI Customers in Westchester 
Rivertown Solar, New York

SolaRay Farms 
SolaRay Farms, Inc., Oregon

Solarize Low-Income Multifamily Latino Communities 
Citizen Energy (Avanza Sun), Maryland 

How it Works

Download the rules for Round 2 of the Prize.

The prize consists of three phases—Ready!, Set!, and Grow!—with up to 25 winners selected in each round. Individually, each competitor can win up to $400,000 over the course of the prize:

  • Ready! Contest winners each receive $50,000
  • Set! Contest winners can earn up to $200,000 in cash prizes
  • Grow! Contest winners can earn up to $150,000 in cash prizes

These cash prizes will enable mission-aligned developers to expand their staff and operations and design and deploy multiple community solar projects. The projects will use replicable business models and prioritize equitable access to expand community solar and drive new capital to community solar across the country.

To be recognized by the Community Power Accelerator Prize, competitors must show notable progress in project pre-development activities. These include designing, financing, incorporating equity, and enabling access to at least two Meaningful Benefits identified by NCSP: low- to moderate-income household access, greater household savings, increased resilience, community ownership, and equitable workforce development.

Additional Information

The American-Made Community Power Accelerator Prize is a part of the American-Made Challenges and is administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.