Community-Led Solar

Energy Allies began designing a process that would defer 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 discussions on topics including solar siting, workforce development, and project finance. The following key decisions have been voted on by the Boston Community Advisory Board and will be components of the project once completed:

Host a Community-Led Solar Garden

Energy Allies is looking for a large open space (~10,000 sq ft) to host our community-led solar project.  Project hosts do not have to invest any money upfront in the solar project, and will earn a leasing fee by allowing the project to be sited on their land or rooftop. Newer roofs are the most suitable project location, and hosting a community-led solar on your roof can even increase the longevity of your roof! As a project host, you will never be required to operate or maintain the solar garden. Project hosts can get a discount on their electricity bills or choose to give all savings to 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 

Residents of Dorchestor, Roxbury, and Mattapan are welcome to complete the form below to apply for the paid opportunity to join the Boston Community Solar Cooperative.

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