National Community Solar Partnership

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If you have questions, please send an email to
Community.Solar@ee.doe.gov.

The National Community Solar Partnership™ (NCSP) is a coalition of community 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. DOE announced the program on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Objectives

The three goals of the partnership are:

  • Make community solar accessible to every U.S. household
  • Ensure community solar is affordable for every U.S. household
  • Enable communities to realize supplementary benefits and other value streams from community solar installations

Approach

To meet these goals, NCSP provides an array of national and local stakeholders — state, local, and tribal governments, utilities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and others — the tools and information they need to design and implement successful community solar models. The partnership will provide these through three major activities:

  • Network Infrastructure: Partners have access to an online community platform, virtual and in-person meetings, webinars and other tools to engage with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) staff and each other.
  • Technical Assistance: Partners have access to technical assistance resources from DOE, its National Laboratories, and independent third-party subject-matter experts for support on unique local challenges.
  • Collaboration: Structured groups of partners, called collaboratives, form around specific goals to address common barriers to solar adoption by learning from each other and sharing resources.

List of Partners

A-E

  • 1Tennessee (Infostructure, Inc.)
  • 2C Mississippi
  • 350 West Sound Climate Action
  • A2H
  • AAA Air Care
  • AC Customs LLC
  • Accenture
  • ACSYOM ANALYTICS
  • Alaunus LLC
  • Alder Energy Systems
  • Alliance for Affordable Energy
  • Allied Resources Collective, LLC
  • Ameren
  • American Public Power Association
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Anchorage School District
  • Apogee-Climate & Energy Transitions
  • APPA
  • Appalachian Voices
  • AquaSan Network
  • Arcadia
  • Arizona State University
  • Austin Energy
  • Avista
  • Aztec Energy Group Inc.
  • Baltimore Gas & Electric/Exelon
  • Beech Hill Consulting
  • Blair Planning
  • BlueHub Energy
  • Bluestem Energy Solutions
  • BlueWave Solar
  • BMF Electric
  • BMMGVC Magistrate Brokerage Law Group
  • Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • Borough of Etna
  • Borough of Madison
  • Boulder County
  • Boulder Housing Partners
  • Boulder Natural Solutions
  • BPT
  • BrightRidge
  • Cadmus Group LLC
  • Cantadora Inc
  • Catalyze
  • CCSA
  • Centennial Parkside CDC
  • Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board
  • Chaberton Energy
  • chartered capital, llc
  • CHERP-Locally Grown Power
  • Cherry Street Energy
  • Citizens Utility Board
  • City of Alexandria, LA
  • City of Ann Arbor, MI
  • City of Bloomington, IN
  • City of Boston, MA
  • City of Boulder, CO
  • City of Burnsville, MN
  • City of Cambridge, MA
  • City of Columbia, MO
  • City of Dallas, TX
  • City of Dallas, TX - Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainabilty
  • City of Eau Claire, WI
  • City of Jackson, MS
  • City of Lakewood, CO
  • City of Minneapolis, MN
  • City of Miramar, FL
  • City of Newark, DE Conservation Advisory Commission
  • City of Oklahoma City - Office of Sustainability
  • City of Scottsdale, AZ
  • Clean Energy Advisors
  • Clean Energy Cooperative Inc.
  • Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)
  • Clean Energy States Alliance
  • Clean Energyz LLC
  • Clean Power Marketing Group
  • CleanCapital
  • CleanShare
  • Cleveland Owns
  • Cliburn and Associates, LLC
  • Climate Access Fund Corporation
  • Closer Look Property Solutions LLC
  • CMY Solutions
  • Coalition for Community Solar Access
  • Coalition of Sustainable Communities New Mexico
  • Coldharbour Institute - Equitable Solar Solutions
  • Collective Power
  • Colorado Public Utility Commission 
  • Columbia Water & Light
  • Common Energy
  • Community Climate Livability Project
  • Community Development Enterprises
  • Community Power Group LLC
  • Community Purchasing Alliance
  • Community Renewable Energy
  • Cool Green Schools
  • Co-op Power
  • Cooperativa Hidroeléctrica de la Montaña
  • Corvidae Labs
  • CPUC
  • CT GREEN BANK
  • CVE North America
  • Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change
  • DC Group of South Florida, Inc.
  • Decent Energy, Inc.
  • Diane Cherry Consulting, LLC
  • Dimension Renewable Energy
  • Distributed Sun LLC
  • District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
  • Division of the Public Advocate
  • DNV GL
  • DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office
  • E Source
  • Econitive LLC
  • Elevate Energy
  • EmPower Solar
  • Enact Systems
  • Energy Advantage Roofing and Solar
  • Energy Conservation and Management Division
  • Energy Office - SC Office of Regulatory Staff
  • Energy Outreach Colorado
  • Energy Select LLC
  • Energy Solutions
  • Energy Trust of Oregon
  • Energy Upgrade USA
  • EnergySage, Inc.
  • Engaged Citizen
  • Enovation Partners, LLC
  • Eversource Energy
  • Evigglad Community Power, LLC
  • Exelon Utilities
     

F-O

  • FAC Solar, LLC
  • First Lightenergy LLC
  • Florida Renewable Energy Association
  • Fosterra, LLC
  • Freeing Energy
  • Fresh Energy
  • G.B. Terrien, Architect
  • Gallup Solar
  • Generate Capital
  • Georgia Public Service Commission
  • Glass City Community Solar
  • GoSolar Guam
  • Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc
  • Green Careers Dallas
  • Green Long Island, Inc.
  • Green Neighbor Challenge
  • Green Power Asscoaites
  • Green Watt
  • GreenSpark Solar
  • Greenstar
  • GRID Alternatives
  • Grid Scape Solutions
  • GridX
  • Groundswell
  • Grove Park Foundation
  • Hansen Technologies
  • Hawaii Public Utility Commission
  • Hawaii State Energy Office
  • Hawaiian Electric Company
  • HEMBUS
  • High Noon Advisors
  • Hillcroft Group LLC
  • Home Diagnostic Solutions
  • HOPE Village Revitalization
  • HSB Solar
  • I A E I P V Code Official
  • ICMA
  • ideas42
  • Illinois Citizens Utility Board
  • Illinois Power Agency
  • Imani Energy
  • Inclusive Prosperity Capital
  • Infinity Power
  • Innova Capital Partners
  • Insight Power Partner
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Intelli-Products Inc.
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology
  • International Desalination Consulting Associates
  • iSolar
  • isolar llc
  • JLL
  • John Nimmons & Associates, Inc./Sustainable Energy Strategies
  • Jones Solar Services
  • Jordan Energy & Food Enterprises, LLC
  • Katsujinken Foundation
  • Kerrville Public Utility Board
  • Kewa Energy LLC
  • Keyes & Fox, LLC
  • Kinetic Communities Consulting
  • KJT Renewable LLC
  • Kyses
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • LEAP
  • Legacy Solar Wisconsin Cooperative
  • Lincoln Electric System
  • Little USA Community Solar Campus/Farm
  • Litty Solar 
  • Lumino Consulting LLC
  • Marblehead Municipal Light Department
  • Marketingforgreen LLC
  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • McHale & Associates
  • McKnight CDC
  • MENCO
  • Mercury Solars
  • Meriden Housing Authority
  • Metro Justice
  • Michael Joyce LLC
  • Michigan Energy Options
  • Michigan Saves
  • Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Lab
  • MidCoast Solar
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • MIrasol Solar 
  • MJFladmark, LLC / Green Careers Dallas
  • Mobility Management and Marketing
  • Montana Renewable Energy Association
  • Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
  • Mountain Parks Electric
  • MOVE2030
  • MPSC
  • muGrid Analytics
  • Muscatine Power & Water
  • NAACP
  • NASCSP
  • NASEO
  • National Grid
  • National Regulatory Research Institute
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Natural Resources Research Institute
  • Navajo technical University
  • Navia Energy Inc
  • NC Clean Energy Technology Center
  • NC DEFTECH
  • NC Military Business Center
  • Nelnet Renewable Energy
  • Net 0 LLC
  • New Columbia Solar
  • New Mexico Energy Minerals and Natural Resources, Energy Conservation and Management Division
  • New York City Housing Authority
  • NextPrinted Solar LLC
  • NineDot Energy
  • Norfolk Solar LLC
  • North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
  • Norwich Solar Technologies
  • NRECA
  • OC Goes Solar
  • OC Sunny
  • Office of the People's Counsel for the  District of Columbia
  • Ohio University
  • Optony Inc.
  • Orcas Power & Light Cooperative
  • Oregon Clean Power Cooperative
  • Oregon State University
  • Orenstein Law Group, P.C.
  • Organization Name
  • Overhead Solar

P-Z

  • PACE Fund NM, Inc.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • paleBLUEdot LLC
  • Palmetto solar
  • Paseki Strategies Corporation
  • People Power Solar Cooperative
  • People Power Solar Cooperative, Inc.
  • People's Solar Energy Fund
  • Pepco Holdings, an Exelon Company
  • Pivot Energy
  • Plano Solar Advocates
  • PNM
  • Portneuf Resource Council
  • PowerMarket
  • Powersetter.com
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • Presidential Bank
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • R. D. Moon Solutions
  • R2B Microgrid Solution LLC
  • Raise Green
  • Regulatory Assistance Project
  • REIA NM
  • Reinhausen
  • Relayservices
  • Renewable America
  • Renewable America LLC
  • RE-Powering America's Land Initiative
  • revalue.io
  • RE-volv
  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Rise Community Solar
  • Rockland City Energy and Sustainability Advisory Committee
  • Root + Branch
  • Rotary Club of St. Thomas East Eco
  • Rural Renewable Energy Alliance
  • RUS/USDA
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
  • Seattle City Light
  • Seattle Housing Authority
  • Seven Generations Ahead
  • Shake Energy Collaborative
  • SinglePoint Inc.
  • Smart Phases Inc. (DBA Novacab)
  • SmartPower
  • Snohomish County PUD
  • Sol Purpose Development Company
  • Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Solar Energy Services, Inc.
  • Solar On Earth
  • Solar One
  • Solar Revolution
  • Solar States
  • Solar United Neighbors
  • Solarflux Energy Technologies, Inc.
  • SolarGrids of Marietta, LLC
  • Solarize Rogue
  • Solarize St. John USVI
  • SolarStone
  • Solstice Initiative
  • Solstice Power Technologies
  • Southern Community & Urban Development Corporation
  • Southface Institute
  • Spark Northwest
  • Springfield Capital Ventures
  • SSAYE Club
  • STAISI LLC
  • Standing Rock Renewable Energy Power Authority
  • Steps Coalition
  • Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
  • Summers Enterprises
  • SunLight General Capital
  • SunPower
  • SunRise Power
  • Sunshine 2 Energy
  • Suntech Power Development America LLC
  • SunVest
  • Supernova Energy LLC.
  • Sustainable CUNY, City University of New York
  • Sustainable Options for Urban Living, Inc. S.O.U.L.
  • Terasota Partners
  • TeraVolt Energy
  • Texala.net
  • Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute
  • The Block Club Community Development Corporation
  • The Construction Group LLC
  • The Eden Experience
  • The Energy Coalition
  • The Environmental Center
  • The Holistic Community
  • The Solar Foundation
  • The Texas Project
  • To the Point
  • Topgallant Group
  • Town of Hartford
  • Transduction Technologies
  • Transformative & Strategic Energy Solutions
  • Transition San Juan County
  • Trina Solar
  • Trinity River Community Solar Systems Inc
  • Two-River Ottauquechee Regional Commission
  • U.S. Light Energy
  • UMass Clean Energy Extension
  • Unidos por Utuado
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Maine
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Upepo Groups
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Green Power Partnership
  • Utah Municipal Power Agency
  • Valleywide Engineering & Constrction Services
  • Vanguard Energy Partners, LLC
  • Verde
  • Vernon County Energy District
  • Village of Oak Park
  • Violet Energy Community Solar
  • Violet Power
  • Virgin Islands Public Services Commission
  • Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
  • Virginia Solar Initiative, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
  • Viridiant
  • Vote Solar
  • W.Va. Office of Energy
  • Washington State Housing Finance Commission
  • Wesley Living
  • Wiesen Roofing & Exteriors
  • Willpower group
  • Wilson Sonsini
  • Windmill Capital Management, LLC
  • WinnCompanies
  • Witwright Institute LLC
  • Worcester Community Energy Action (Renewable Energy Worcester)
  • World Resources Institute
  • WPPI Energy
  • X UTILITY
  • YSG Solar

Technical Assistance

To apply for future technical assistance opportunities, you must first join the partnership by registering with the community platform. Application instructions can be found on the community platform, and more details about the opportunity can be found in the technical assistance webinar slide deck.

Collaboratives

Collaboratives are a group of similar organizations working to advance community solar in a particular market segment. Collaborative members set community solar goals, learn from their peers, and receive technical assistance over two years as they work to achieve their goals and create replicable solutions. DOE will launch new collaboratives in the future based on NCSP partner interest.

Municipal Utility Collaborative

The Municipal Utility Collaborative seeks to demonstrate replicable models for solar energy deployment that offer low or no-fee subscriptions and result in energy bill savings for low-income residents. Download the Municipal Utility Collaborative fact sheet.

Members: Austin Energ, BrightRidge, City of Colton Electric Utility, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County Public Utility District Number One, Town of Marblehead Municipal Light Department

Multifamily Affordable Housing Collaborative

The Multifamily Affordable Housing Collaborative seeks to demonstrate replicable models for solar energy deployment that reduce resident’s monthly electric utility bills by at least 10 percent. Download the Multifamily Affordable Housing Collaborative fact sheet.

Members: Boulder Housing Partners, City of Boulder, Denver Housing Authority, Fifth Avenue Committee Solar, Meriden Housing Authority, National Church Residences, New York City Housing Authority, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Seattle Housing Authority, Wesley Living

NCSP Resources

Background

Community Solar

The U.S. Department of Energy broadly defines community solar to include any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, in which the benefits flow to multiple participants (individuals, businesses, nonprofits, etc.). According to analysis by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), nearly 50% of households and businesses are unable to host rooftop solar systems. Expanding access to community solar options helps connect more Americans with clean energy for the first time. Community solar allows renters, tenants, and residents to access solar energy regardless of where they live or the suitability of their rooftop. This allows more people to offset monthly energy bills while increasing their community’s resiliency, enhancing workforce opportunities, and spurring economic development.

Expanding Access to Solar

Certain underserved markets, including low- and moderate-income (LMI) populations, nonprofit organizations, and other community-serving entities, such as municipal governments, still face significant barriers to affordable solar deployment. A report from NREL that analyzed the recently competed Solar in Your Community Challenge identified three main takeaways from the challenge:

  • Clearly understand how federal, state, and local policies enable local solar projects.
  • Build durable and long-term partnerships with community members and solar stakeholders.
  • Develop a creative portfolio of financing solutions for small- and medium-size solar projects.

NCSP builds on the successes of the Solar in Your Community Challenge to support the replication of new and existing community solar models by partnering with diverse stakeholders across the country that are interested in expanding affordable access to solar. Learn more about the origins of NCSP here.

SETO Community Solar Timeline

Additional Resources

Solar in Your Community Challenge – This webpage contains resources assembled during the Solar in Your Community Challenge on issues like project development, customer acquisition, financing, permitting and interconnection, system design, and low- and moderate-income participation.

Community Solar – This webpage has the latest information from NREL about community solar, including links to recent reports.

Up to the Challenge: Communities Deploy Solar in Underserved Markets – This NREL report describes the Solar in Your Community Challenge and the top technical challenges the participating teams faced, and outlines some key takeaways.

Solar For All Data Explorer – This is a web application from NREL to help LMI rooftop solar technical potential at the tract level, including overlays for opportunity zones and other geospatial datasets.

Clean Energy for Low-Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s CELICA toolkit provides an overview of tools, resources, and models for developing low-income energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including community solar. The information is based on CELICA’s two-year partnership with over 30 stakeholders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool – This is a web application, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, to help make data-driven decisions on energy goals and program planning by improving understanding LMI household energy characteristics.

Solar Savings to Investment Ratio (SIR) – This is a simple comparison spreadsheet tool, developed by NREL, that facilitates the calculation of the Savings to Investment Ratio, a metric used to measure the ability of a technology to recover the investment costs through savings achieved from customer utility-bill cost reduction.

Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers – This report draws on the experience of LMI solar developers and state LMI solar programs to gain insights into the successes and barriers of deploying community solar programs.

Modeling the Cost of LMI Community Solar Participation: Preliminary Results – This report seeks to understand the level of incentives needed to drive LMI customer participation in community solar.

Low-Income Community Solar: Utility Return Considerations for Electric Cooperatives – This report identifies project structures that make low-income community solar projects more cost-effective, replicable, and scalable for electric cooperative and municipal utilities.

Focusing the Sun: State Considerations for Designing Community Solar Policy – This report summarizes outcomes from the NCSP State Best Practices working group by identifying key differences in state policies that enable community solar and illustrating how various policy design approaches may impact the market.