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