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Community Power Accelerator

Powered by the U.S. Department of Energy

Connecting communities to solar power projects and investors for a renewable future for everyone.

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The Community Power Accelerator™ connects developers and organizations to investors, lenders, and philanthropies to finance and deploy equitable solar projects in communities across the country. We provide training, resources, and technical assistance, helping bridge the gap between equitable solar projects that need funding, and capital providers that want to finance them, expanding access to affordable solar energy.

Accelerating Solar Deployment


projects ready for investment


megawatts in development



in available capital

How the Accelerator Supports Capital Partners

Lenders, investors, philanthropies and other capital providers can browse and search relevant solar projects, and connect with developers directly. The Accelerator simplifies and streamlines the process of discovering and financing these credit-ready projects.

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How the Accelerator Supports Developers

preview of a capital provider discovering projects

Training and education

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

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.

Free technical assistance

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

Connect with investors and philanthropic organizations

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

Win prize money for your solar projects

The American-Made Community Power Accelerator Prize is designed to fast-track the efforts of emerging solar developers to support community solar projects.

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.