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ECO-Omaha Team’s Program Selected by Solar in Your Community Challenge

More people will soon have access to solar, as over 250 teams have been named to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Initiative: Solar in Your Community Challenge. The Challenge is a $5 million contest to support innovative and replicable community-based solar business models and programs that will bring solar to underserved communities.

The ECO-Omaha Team was selected to develop a community solar program that will install solar arrays on city-owned vacant lots and former brownfield sites with the power generated from the arrays sold to OPPD. All of the generated revenue will help fund Omaha’s Energy Conservation/Healthy Homes Program, which provides free energy efficiency repairs and improvements to low-to-moderate income (LMI) households.

Team Leader: Lisa Smith, City Planner/GIS
Challenge Begins May 2017
Challenge Ends October 2018
Final Prize Announcement January 2019

Teams Directory by State


SunShot Technology Awardee:
Solar Software Platform Can Make Interconnection Times up to 98% Faster
With more than 42 gigawatts of solar on the grid, one SunShot awardee is making sure utilities can fast-track the interconnection process and add even more solar to the grid. GridUnity is completely changing the interconnection process with a new platform that can remotely assess a solar project’s impact on the grid. Its platform enables utilities to screen applications more efficiently, allowing them to focus their time and resources on connecting high-impact projects and helping them speed up connection for everyone. Learn more here.

Webinar: “Department of Energy’s Budget Request for Renewable Power in Fiscal Year 2017”

Energy Secretary Moniz briefing on 2017 Budget Request to Congress. Click image to view the short video.

Energy Secretary Moniz briefing on 2017 Budget Request to Congress. Click image to view the short video.

Leaders from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) are hosting a webinar on the budget request for its renewable power portfolio in the next fiscal year. The webinar will take place next Monday, February 29th,  from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. CST. Deputy Assistant Secretary Doug Hollett will be joined by SunShot Initiative Director Lidija Sekaric to discuss EERE’s proposed investments in solar energy.

The webinar will also include information about geothermal, wind, and water power technologies and their respective office directors. In addition, the webinar will highlight key departmental crosscutting initiatives.

SPEAKERS: Deputy Assistant Secretary Doug Hollett and SunShot Initiative Director Lidija Sekaric

Register here.

For the Department’s FY17 budget request fact sheet, click here.