Backyard Solar Grant

A solar grant program for community organizations 

The MadiSUN Backyard Solar Grant fosters access to solar power for Madison-based community organizations and affordable housing providers that serve City of Madison residents. Through an expansion of the MadiSUN solar program funded by the City of Madison, the Backyard Solar program awards grants to non-profit organizations or affordable housing providers to assist them in installing solar systems.  

Grants will fund up to 20% of the total project cost with a maximum grant amount of $10,000 for solar installations of less than 75 kilowatts. Solar installations of more than 75 kilowatts can receive a maximum grant amount of $20,000. $50,000 of total grant funds are available. Organizations receiving a grant have 12 months to complete their solar projects.

This grant competition is intended to serve diverse, low-income residents and neighborhoods. Applications will be evaluated based on need, diversity of communities served, and organizational reach.  Organizations receiving grants must agree to participate in a ribbon cutting or education session about solar.

The Backyard Solar Grant applications are currently closed, but we expect the applications to open in Spring of 2023.



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