On November 18th, the Solar in Your Community Challenge was launched and is now accepting applications for teams and technical assistance providers. The goal of the challenge is to enable the expansion of the solar market to a diverse array of new customers including low- and moderate-income customers, non-profit organizations, and non-federal governments (i.e. state, local, and tribal). Any entity can lead the project teams, but the teams should include a wide range of partners (e.g. solar developers, utilities, cities, financial institutions, and community groups). State, local, and/or tribal governments; financial institutions; or utilities should lead the program-focused teams. Participating teams in the Solar in Your Community Challenge will receive cash prizes and assistance from experts to develop innovative solar programs and projects.
This workshop will teach participants the information they need to develop a plan for their projects and create and perfect their application pitches. Erin will provide background information, context, and feedback on how to most effectively deliver application proposals. The Challenge is open to any solar business model, financial approach, or program design that are applicable under current regulatory conditions that unlock solar access to LMI households, governments, or non-profit organizations.
More information about the Challenge is available at solarinyourcommunity.org.
Light refreshments will be provided. This event would not be possible without the support of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and the University of Minnesota. Many thanks to Nick Hylla, Lissa Pawlisch, Margaret Kozak, and Jane Cowan for co-organizing the event.
A map of the building's location can be found here: http://campusmaps.umn.edu/borlaug-hall.
Parking can be found in either in the lot in front of Borlaug (https://campusmaps.umn.edu/lot-s106), or if that lot is full, parking is available at the Gortner Ave Ramp (https://campusmaps.umn.edu/gortner-avenue-parking-ramp).