2030 Climate Challenge

Solar United Neighbors

First Statewide Virtual Power Plant: Equitable Transition to Clean Energy

Inclusive financing to mass-scale residential sector decarbonization through equitable deployment of home energy efficiency, demand response, electrification, solar, electric vehicle charging, and storage in a connected statewide virtual power plant by 2030.

Competition Participation
2030 Climate Challenge
Current Work Location(s):
  • Virginia, United States
  • California, United States
  • Colorado, United States
  • Arkansas, United States
  • North Carolina, United States
  • Texas, United States
  • Minnesota, United States
  • Washington, United States
  • Missouri, United States
Priority Population(s):
  • People of African descent
  • Economically disadvantaged people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary

To meet climate goals, all U.S. residential buildings need comprehensive upgrades to eliminate pollution. However, existing approaches that rely on families paying up-front costs or taking on debt fail to reach over half the population -- renters and low- and moderate-income households. The First Statewide Virtual Power Plant project will partner with utilities to scale the proven Pay As You Save (PAYS) system that enables energy upgrades to pay for themselves, with no credit check, debt, or up-front cost. Building on momentum in states already pursuing PAYS, the project will accelerate ramp-ups in each, and then run a full-scale implementation in one – upgrading half of all homes statewide by 2030 and connecting them into the first statewide virtual power plant that can be replicated nationally. Through this project, America’s utilities become drivers of decarbonization and equitable engines of transition to clean energy communities.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Solar United Neighbors

website: https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/
Organization Headquarters
District of Columbia, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$1.0 to 5 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
26 to 50

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