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Communities of Color Building Solar Capacity (CBSC) program

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

N. Teutonia Ave. Business & Neighbor Association has applied for the CBSC Program!

Milwaukee, WI: CBSC is a program that seeks to build the capacity of communities of color to implement their own community-owned solar (COS) projects. The CBSC program will provide examples and case studies of community-owned solar projects already in existence, and share direct testimony from key players in those projects. Participating organizations will also receive online training which answers the following questions:

  • What is community-owned solar?

  • How can my community benefit?

  • What are some of the legal and policy challenges?

  • How might we access the new federal climate programs?

People’s Solar Energy Fund will provide financial support in the form of mini-grants up to $10,000 for each community-based organization or group participating in CBSC, to assist their work. Uses for these funds can include: hiring contractors to support the organization’s efforts, budgeting for community events such as training sessions, etc. All participating organizations will receive staff support from the CBSC Program Coordinator, as well as a dedicated intern. PSEF will also connect all organizations with each other, and with key Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led regional and national resources. GOALS The goals of CBSC are as follows:

  • To promote awareness of new federal climate programs

  • To increase organizations’ capacity and readiness to access these funds

  • To empower organizations to begin preliminary research toward starting a community solar project

  • To strengthen a BIPOC ecosystem of growing community-owned solar

EXPECTATIONS All organizations participating in CBSC are expected to maintain:

  • A strong interest in learning about community-owned solar and its potential benefits

  • A commitment for the organization to undertake learning about COS, and then to offer training (supported by PSEF) for its community

  • Active participation

  • Acceptance of support from a PSEF intern and agreement to foster a good working relationship by appointing 1 designated staff person as liaison

    • Liaison should devote at least an hour a week to engaging with the intern to enable mutual benefit

  • Engagement for the full 8-12 month term

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