R2B selected in Solar In Your Community Challenge

Kansas City, MO – R2B Microgrid Solutions selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access.

Over the next 12 months, R2B Microgrid Solutions will develop an innovative project that will enable Native American reservation to go solar. The project will utilize a cutting-edge microgrid application and the lessons learned from this pilot project will inform other economically-challenged, geographically-isolated populations looking to go solar. Our project will benefit Native peoples, and demonstrate how solar energy is a viable option for Native American reservations, while encouraging self-sufficiency and economic independence.

R2B Microgrid Solutions will join other teams from around the country in their pursuit of solar projects and programs that expand solar access to low and moderate-income households and nonprofit organizations. The teams will compete for millions of dollars in final prizes, which will be awarded by judges based on each project or program’s innovation, impact, and replicability.

Specifically, this project is applying a microgrid application to solar in a way that addresses the unique challenges faced on Native American reservations.  This solution will provide Native peoples access to energy resources and an increase in reliability, resiliency and use of renewable energy, at a decreased cost.  The program also creates jobs and education/training opportunities for reservation residents to enable self-sufficiency and economic independence.  With the success of this project, other economically-challenged, geographically-isolated populations will have the opportunity to enjoy these same benefits.

R2B Microgrid Solutions is proud to partner with solar industry leader, Green Energy Corp., to create a diverse collaborative team with extensive solar industry and business expertise thereby significantly increasing its success factors.

About R2B Microgrid Solutions

R2B Microgrid Solutions LLC (R2B) is a microgrid developer based in Eugene, Oregon. R2B uses a conscious approach to provide microgrid services with clean energy and energy conservation in mind while implementing sustainable development. R2B’s solution is product agnostic and utilizes OpenFMB. R2B ensures that the projects developed today, support the improvements of future technologies and opportunities in the rapidly changing renewable energy world.

About the Solar in Your Community Challenge

The Solar in Your Community Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative and administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute, is a $5 million prize competition that aims to expand solar access to low and moderate income households; and state, local, and tribal governments; and non-profit organizations.

More information about the selected teams and the Solar in Your Community Challenge is at www.solarinyourcommunity.org.

About the SunShot Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption. SunShot aims to make solar energy a low cost electricity source for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.



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