Team Impact: Project Renew
HARC, in partnership with Climate Impact Capital, Community In-Power and Development Association, Mills Agriculture and Renewable Energy, and Center for Sustainable Communities (collectively Team Impact) recently won Phase 1 of the Community Power Accelerator Prize, an award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Community Power AcceleratorTM competition. Community Power AcceleratorTM is an initiative of the DOE’s National Community Solar Partnership that helps developers, investors, philanthropists, and community-based organizations to receive financing for more equitable community solar projects. The accelerator provides training, technical assistance, and an online platform to support the critical connections necessary to finance and expand access to affordable community solar.
Team Impact’s Project Renew aims to modernize community grids and workforce capacity within historically underserved communities. The project’s community solar portfolio in Port Arthur, Texas, will benefit the local community by reducing high energy costs and increasing energy resilience. The project will also enable community ownership of solar energy production and increase the number of clean energy jobs available to residents. The project focuses on underserved communities to counter a history of environmental and climate injustice and meet multiple community needs.
Team Impact plans to expand the project to reach rural communities throughout Eastern Texas and across the state.
About HARC’s Team Impact Partners
Climate Impact Capital Energy Holdings, LLC develops residential, commercial, and municipal grid service solutions focused on integrating and training local workforces for solar and energy efficiency deployment.
Community In-Power and Development Association, Inc. (CIDA) has worked with Port Arthur residents and local organizations to address environmental and public health issues in the community for more than 20 years.
Mills Agriculture & Renewable Energy, LLC builds rural energy programs while leading the East Texas community grid.
The Center for Sustainable Communities is a BIPOC founded and led community based and focused organization located both in Atlanta, GA, and Hampton Roads, VA, with an extensive history of moving communities from striving to thriving based on the imperatives of resilience, equity and climate action.