Community Power Accelerator Prize – Round 2

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

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.

Applications are due on October 4, 2023.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The Community Power Accelerator Prize is open to U.S. community solar developers, including new developers and experienced developers who are expanding their community solar operations. The prize also welcomes solar co-developers, organizations who are partnering with a project developer, and other non-developer organizations, such as local governments, nonprofits, and community-based organizations, to apply.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 4, 2023