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CHALLENGE TIMELINE October 14, 2016

First round applications from participants

October 14 - December 15, 2016

Late applications from new participants reviewed Quarterly deadlines for any remaining funds

Ongoing quarterly 03/01; 06/01; 09/01; 12/01

First round of seed cash prizes and vouchers awarded

January 2, 2017

Technical Assistance Marketplace opens

January 2, 2017

18-month performance period begins

January 2, 2017

Additional rounds of seed prizes and vouchers awarded Quarterly deadlines for any remaining funds

Ongoing quarterly 03/01; 06/01; 09/01; 12/01

18-month performance period ends

June 30, 2018

Accepting applications for final prizes

July 1 - July 22, 2018

Announcements of final prizes winners (expected)

September 2018

All submissions are due no later than 11:59 PM ET DOE reserves the right to modify any submission period or due date at any time for any reason.

QUESTIONS Official email: [email protected] Official website: solarinyourcommunity.org October 14, 2016

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CONTENTS Executive Summary............................................................................................................ 4 1. Introduction ................................................................................................................ 6 Call to Action ................................................................................................................... 6 Unlocking Solar Access .................................................................................................. 7 Challenge Goals .............................................................................................................. 7 Projects and Programs……………………………………………………………………….6 Participant Roles ............................................................................................................. 7 2. Prizes & Awards ....................................................................................................... 10 Seed Prizes Amounts & Distribution............................................................................. 10 Vouchers Amounts & Distribution ................................................................................. 11 Final Prizes .................................................................................................................... 12

3. Process & Timeline.................................................................................................. 17 4. Participant Eligibility ............................................................................................... 18 Team Qualifying Requirements .................................................................................... 18 Technical Assistance Provider Qualifying Requirements ............................................ 20 5. How Teams Participate ........................................................................................... 21 Phase 1 (Form Teams & Apply) ................................................................................... 21 Phase 2 (Build & Perform) ............................................................................................ 24 Redeeming Additional Seed Prizes .............................................................................. 25 Apply For Bonus Vouchers ........................................................................................... 27 Phase 3 (Final Prizes) ................................................................................................... 29 Grand Prizes ............................................................................................................... 30 Community Impact Awards ......................................................................................... 31 Innovation Awards....................................................................................................... 32 Leadership Awards .......................................................................................................... 6. How Technical Assistance Providers Participate ............................................... 35 Phase 1 (Apply to join) .................................................................................................. 35

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Eligible Solar Projects & Programs............................................................................... 13

Apply to join as TA Provider ...................................................................................... 35 Apply to join as a Coach ............................................................................................ 38 Phase 2 (Support Teams) ............................................................................................. 41 Phase 3 (Final Prizes) ................................................................................................... 41 7. Judges ....................................................................................................................... 42 8. Other Information .................................................................................................... 43 General Submission Requirements & Eligibility Terms ............................................... 43 Marketplace Guidelines ................................................................................................ 45 Additional Terms & Conditions ..................................................................................... 47 Appendix A: Standard Scoring Guidelines ...................................................................... 50 Appendix B: Required Documents to Audit Teams Performance ................................... 51

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Appendix C: Program Policy Factors ............................................................................... 53

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1. SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge is a $5 million prize competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative and administered by State University of New York Polytechnic Institute. 2. The goal is to bring solar to all Americans, especially underserved segments such as low and moderate income (LMI) households; non-federal governments (i.e. state, local, and tribal); and non-profit organizations. 3. The Challenge supports the creation, demonstration, and scaling of innovative, replicable, and sustainable business and financial models that can successfully unlock solar access to these underserved segments. 4. This is a prize challenge, not a grant. Teams compete to receive ~100 cash prizes totaling $3 million, and benefit from technical assistance resources and mentoring worth an additional $2 million. DOE evaluates teams based on their innovation, impact, expertise, team composition, plan, and progress. 5. DOE will award dozens of seed cash prizes to top teams (up to $60,000/team), granted incrementally as they complete critical milestones during an 18-month performance period that starts in January 2017. At the end of this 18-month period, all participating teams and technical assistance providers may compete for $1 million in Final Prizes (up to $250,000 per prize) based on their final achievements. 6. Two types of teams can participate. The first are project-focused teams, which will pursue portfolios of new solar projects that benefit LMI, governments, or nonprofits. Any entity can lead these teams, but they should include a wide range of team partners (e.g. solar developers, utilities, cities, financial institutions, and community groups). 7. The second type of teams are the program-focused, which purse new solar programs that benefit LMI households, local /state governments, or non-profits. In this case, state, local, and/or tribal governments, financial institutions, or utilities should lead these teams. 8. Solar project portfolios or programs must aggregate between 25kW- 5MW in size. 9. Mentors and subject matter experts with solar experience can join the Challenge to help participating teams in areas such as finance, law, and community engagement. These technical assistance providers (TA providers) may volunteer their services or receive monetary compensation. 10. To participate, all interested teams and TA providers must apply. The first round of applications is open from October 14, 2016 to December 15, 2016. After the first round of applications, DOE may allow new late application submissions, contingent on availability of remaining funds, on a rolling basis. DOE will not consider late new applications after March 2018.

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1. INTRODUCTION Solar energy has been growing very rapidly over the past few years. Today, the US has 1% of its energy met by solar, equaling roughly 30 GW of cumulative solar electric capacity and over one million solar installations. However, despite this rapid growth, solar systems remain inaccessible to the more than 49% of American households and 48% of American businesses that do not have access to a solar-ready roof.1 In addition, low-income Americans have been left out of the solar market. A 2013 report by the Center for American progress shows that only 5% of distributed solar was deployed in the lowest-income zip codes. 2 Furthermore, while the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has helped to transform the U.S. solar industry into one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, with more than 200,000 jobs created, tens of millions of entities cannot capitalize on it. Most notably, organizations and individuals with low or no annual tax obligations such as small businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities remain ineligible for the ITC.

CALL TO ACTION Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, this $5 million prize competition aims to inspire the ingenuity of the American people to explore, pilot, and scale new business models, financial innovations and other creative market-based solutions to make solar accessible to low and moderate income (LMI) households, nonprofits and governmental organizations. The Solar in Your Community Challenge is open to any community-based solar business model or program design that helps unlock solar access to LMI households, governments, or non-profit organizations, that are applicable under current regulatory conditions. 3 The development, demonstration and scaling of these innovative business and financial models will help unlock the LMI solar market and bring us closer to the achieving the goal of developing 1GW of solar for low-income households by 2020. “Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation” National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy. Online: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy15osti/63892.pdf 1

“Solar Power to the People: The Rise of Rooftop Solar Among the Middle Class” by Mari Hernandez from the Center for American Progress. Online: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/10/RooftopSolarv2.pdf 2

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This challenge defines community-based solar according to geographic proximity or well-defined affinity attributions. A community based solar, defined according to geographic proximity, is a solar PV installation centered with a radius not exceeding 100 miles from its electricity off-takers (subscribers) who use at least 85% of the system’s nameplate DC capacity and grid-interconnected in the same utility service territory of these off-takers.

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Despite increasingly affordable solar prices, business-as-usual strategies alone cannot ensure that America will overcome these barriers to solar deployment. In addition to the realizing the billions of dollars in economic potential from expanding the solar market; equity, justice, and climate change mitigation goals require that we expand solar access to 100% of American families, businesses, and organizations.

UNLOCKING SOLAR ACCESS The goal of this Challenge is to make solar significantly more accessible to low and moderate income (LMI) households, non-profits and governmental organizations, through replicable business and financial models. To overcome current market barriers that block access for these market segments, teams need to design, plan, and deploy new and scalable business and financial models through the demonstration of solar projects and programs in their communities. These projects and programs must directly benefit: A. LMI households, with at least 20% of the energy and benefits assigned to LMI households; or B. Non-profit organizations; state, local, or tribal governments; or community service organizations, with at least 60% of the energy and benefits assigned to one of these types of entities.

The Challenge aims to support hundreds of community-based solar programs and projects deployed in a wide variety of jurisdictions across the U.S. The main goals of this $5 million Solar in Your Community Challenge are as follows: 1. Demonstrate successful business and financial models that expand access to solar for LMI households, governments, and non-profit organizations. 2. Build local capacity to support mid-scale solar projects. 3. Establish a network of publicly available resources:  DOE will provide access to standardized documents and templates, and support coordinated technical assistance.  DOE will create an open marketplace for technical assistance providers to help competing teams throughout the Challenge and beyond.

PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS Teams will form to develop a portfolio of local solar assets, to demonstrate innovative and scalable business practices that expand solar access in communities across America. Teams may also pursue new solar programs that enable those business practices, while building local capacity around the legal, technical, financial, regulatory, and administrative aspects of local solar projects. Examples of eligible projects include:  A for-profit developer pursuing a portfolio of shared solar projects for LMI subscribers  A non-profit led Solarize (or group-purchasing of rooftop solar) campaign that brings solar to several non-profit or governmental organizations’ rooftops Examples of eligible programs include:

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CHALLENGE GOALS

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A utility creating a new rate payer-funded program that brings solar to lowincome customers A city program that incentivizes solar installers to develop low-income rooftop solar projects through a tax rebate or a direct payment A state-run Solarize campaign for public schools A financial institution’s suite of new products that provides low-interest rate financing for low-income customers or non-profits going solar

Teams should build their programs and projects with the goal of aggregation and scaling up. Teams with plans for long-term impact and the ability to replicate will be preferred over one-time only projects. In addition, teams should consider how their plan will lead to capacity building and learning within the community, in order to make future solar installations faster and easier.

While 20% LMI customers is the minimum, teams with over 50% LMI customers will receive a bonus cash prize. DOE will also show preference for teams that aim to reach 100% LMI households or have 100% of the energy benefit non-profit/governmental organizations as outlined in the evaluation criteria for winning prizes.

PARTICIPANT ROLES Applicants can apply to participate in the Challenge and compete in one of three roles: program- or project-focused teams, technical assistance providers, and coaches. Teams will form to develop a portfolio of local solar assets, to demonstrate innovative and scalable business practices that expand solar access in communities across America. Teams may also pursue new solar programs that enable those business practices, while building local capacity around the legal, technical, financial, regulatory, and administrative aspects of local solar projects. Project-focused teams will accomplish key milestones towards completing their solar projects, including permitting, project finance, and customer acquisition. Program-focused teams, led by utilities, governments, financial institutions, states, tribes or authorities having jurisdiction (i.e. state, city, county, county-equivalent jurisdiction) will accomplish key milestones towards program implementation, including program design, funding approval, and public outreach. When forming teams, participants are encouraged to include all entities required to make these projects and programs possible. Such players could include utility and local government representatives, a solar installer, community leaders or citizen associations that can spread the word across your community, site owners like public housing agencies, and senior advisors that can provide knowledge and experience. Section 5 describes participation guidelines, selection and evaluation criteria.

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Photovoltaic (PV) systems must be completed during the 18-month performance period, and once completed should aggregate between 25 kW to 5,000 kW (peak DC capacity). A single entity cannot not be assigned more than 1,000 kW from a single solar system.

Technical Assistance (TA) Providers are subject matter experts that can participate in the Challenge to coach, guide, and support the teams throughout the Challenge by providing financial, legal, and other expertise and services. TA Providers can offer general technical assistance to all teams, provide customized and on-demand support to specific teams, or coach a number of teams.

Finally, all TA Providers and Coaches will also be eligible to win leadership prizes as described in Section 6.

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Coaches are specialized TA providers that support teams throughout the entire Challenge. Coaches don’t need deep solar experience, though some familiarity is an asset. Coaches will be selected for their passion, resourcefulness, and eagerness to connect, inspire, and support teams looking to bring solar to their communities. Coaches will answer questions their teams have, assess the teams’ progress and performance on a regular basis, and provide their teams with feedback and advice. Coaches will also connect teams to one another and share lessons learned across teams. TA Providers and Coaches must apply to participate and after qualifying, DOE and its prize administrator will compensate them for their efforts as described in this document. Section 6 describes participation guidelines, selection and evaluation criteria. Coaches can come from all walks of life, from grad students to people working in the solar industry or non-profits, as the time commitment (approx. 5 hours a week) can easily be managed in addition to a full time job.

2. PRIZES & AWARDS DOE will grant up to $5 million in prizes: seed funds, voucher awards, and final prizes. DOE retains the right, throughout this Challenge, to alter the total allocated funds and the maximum number of winners in each category. The following table shows the anticipated breakdown of awards and the number of winners under each award category: Award Category

Total Funds Available

Estimated Number of Winners

Seed Prizes Voucher Awards Final Prizes

$2 million $2 million $1 million

50 teams 100-200 teams 30-40 teams

Teams Teams will submit an initial application to participate in the Challenge, after which DOE will select approximately 50 teams for seed prizes. DOE determines all awards according to the applicable evaluation criteria, as laid out in Section 5 of this document. Selected teams will be eligible for seed prizes based on the size of the teams’ portfolio of solar projects (project-focused teams) or their program reach measured in aggregate nameplate capacity (kW, peak DC). I.e. teams that pursue over 100kW of solar will be eligible for larger seed prizes. DOE will issue a bonus cash prize to teams whose portfolio of projects or programs have at least 50% of the energy and benefits reaching LMI households. The following table shows the maximum possible allocation of seed prizes per team: Total Size of Program or Project Portfolio

Base Seed Prize Amount

>50% LMI Beneficiaries Bonus

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