Boston

Energy Allies is working with communities in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park to co-design a community solar project led and owned by the community.

To reach a just 100% clean energy future, it’s essential that clean energy projects are community-led.

Energy Allies is co-designing an adaptable model for community-led solar projects that maximizes benefits for climate-impacted communities.

In today’s community solar landscape, the average community solar project is controlled by profit-driven developers. These entities source and secure land for projects, oversee project installation and related hiring, seek capital (usually driven by tax equity investors) to finance the project. Once built they typically control the process for subscribing households to the project. At each step of the process, profit maximization is often prioritized above all else, including climate justice and energy equity. Our work prioritizes community and builds intergenerational wealth. We convene with stakeholders from our Community Advisory Board (CAB) and local organizations to cultivate local leadership and ownership of clean energy projects, engagement in community-led policy advocacy, energy system research and educational resource sharing in our communities 
Interested in getting involved or have questions?

OUR PROCESS

Community-Led Solar

In Fall 2020, Energy Allies began designing a process that would deffer all decision making power to a dedicated group of paid community stakeholders. Once convened, this group has met regularly to make key project decisions via ranked choice voting to determine the final outcome of the project. Energy Allies facilitated this process along the way, sharing presentations and leading active discssions on topics including solar siting, workforce development, and project finance. The following key decisions have been voted on by the CAB and will be components of the project once completed:

Events Calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS

21 Jan

What is a cooperative?

12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location:

195 Bowdoin St,
Dorchester, MA
02124

26 Jan

Fairmount Line Bill Community Action Hour!

6:30 – 7:30pm

Location:

Virtual,
Registration in Google Calendar invite

Siting Community-Led Solar Projects

Plant the seeds for our energy system revolution by providing a site for your community’s project.