Eric Stikes: Nevada County solar nonprofit wins innovation award from U.S. Department of Energy

Eric Stikes: Nevada County solar nonprofit wins innovation award from U.S. Department of Energy

Long-time Nevada County residents and local energy professionals have teamed up to form a nonprofit company called Good Sun, a federally-registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing low cost solar solutions to low-to-mid-income communities, businesses and families.

In May of this year, the U.S. Dept. of Energy announced that Good Sun and their Local Power team has officially been recognized as a “Local Innovator,” having one of the most creative and unique business models out of 170 teams from over 40 U.S. states and territories that competed in the Solar in Your Community Challenge: a $5 million prize competition from the D.O.E.’s Solar Technologies Office which aims to expand solar electricity access across the nation.

In addition to the recognition, Good Sun was awarded technical assistance funding to help further their mission. With this support, they have advanced several solar installation projects in Nevada County including: a 12kW roof-mounted system at Bitney Prep High School; a 12kW ground-mount array at Yuba River Charter School; and 12kW systems currently in progress for the Grass Valley Charter School (GVCS) and the Hospitality House homeless shelter. The shelter project is a collaborative effort with California Solar Electric Company.

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