Recently, Centennial Parkside CDC announced that it was selected from an early set of applicants to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition aimed to expand solar electricity access.
Awarded $10,000 in technical assistance, Centennial Parkside CDC will use this money over the next 18 months to develop innovative solar projects that enable the Parkside neighborhood in Philadelphia to go solar. “We are thrilled that our team was selected to join the Challenge,” said Christopher Scott, President of Centennial Parkside CDC. “Our project will benefit the people of Parkside, and demonstrate an innovative new business model that can scale city and statewide. ”Centennial Parkside CDC will join dozens of other teams from around the country in their pursuit of solar projects and programs that expand solar access to low and moderate income households and non-profit organizations.
All teams will compete for $1 million in final prizes which will be awarded by judges based on each project or program’s innovation, impact, and replicability. The CDC will develop 1,250kW of solar to sell energy to the local cultural institutions. The power will benefit both the cultural institutions and the revenue derived from selling the power will be recycled back into community to support programs and services that benefit residents of Parkside. This will be the first such project of its kind and scale in the city Philadelphia.
About the Solar in Your Community Challenge
The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute, is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to low and moderate income households; and state, local, and tribal governments; and non-profit organizations.
The application deadline to be considered as team or expert for the challenge was March 17, 2017. More information about the selected teams and the Solar in Your Community Challenge is at http://www.solarinyourcommunity.org.
About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.