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Community Power Accelerator

Powered by the U.S. Department of Energy

The Community Power Accelerator™ connects developers, investors, philanthropists, and community-based organizations to finance and deploy equitable solar projects across the country. Powered by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Accelerator provides training, technical assistance, and bridges the gap between solar projects that need funding, and lenders who want to finance them, expanding access to affordable solar energy.

How It Works

Investors and philanthropic organizations that want to support the development of community solar can find new projects that are both mission-aligned and ready for financing.

Developers and community-based organizations that have the capacity to build solar projects with meaningful benefits for disadvantaged communities can gain the training, support and technical assistance to develop credit-worthy projects and make connections to sources of financing.

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A “credit-ready” community solar project has clearly defined financing, ownership, and subscriber models, is designed to maximize meaningful benefits to subscribers, and has a strong plan to get from conception to completion.

How the Accelerator Supports Projects


Training & Education

Take a training
New or small developers or organizations can receive training in financing and development processes, from 101 videos to multi-week courses.


Credit-Ready Checklist

Use the Credit-Ready Checklist
A comprehensive checklist, developed by experienced solar investors, will help you complete all the predevelopment requirements to put together robust, credit-ready projects.


Technical Assistance

Get free technical assistance
We will help you complete the predevelopment checklist and ensure your projects incorporate equity and meaningful benefits for communities.


Getting Connected

Connect with investors and philanthropic organizations
You find the right partners with mission-aligned funding through our networking platform to make your project happen.

The Community Power Accelerator is powered by the DOE National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP), a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar with meaningful benefits to every U.S. household.

Read more about how the Accelerator works.