Sunward: Building Community Energy Together

Sunward: Building Community Energy Together

We are dedicated to providing the economic and environmental benefits of solar and renewable energy to low-income communities, tribal communities, and communities of color throughout the Pacific Northwest. We build partnerships that develop renewable energy projects and deliver wealth building and cost savings to communities.

Who We Work With

  • Affordable Housing Providers
  • Community Groups
  • Nonprofits
  • Consumer-owned Utilities
  • School Districts
  • Businesses

What We Provide

  • Capacity Building
  • Site Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Grant Writing Support
  • RFP Development
  • Financial Modeling
  • Workforce Development Facilitation
  • Project Funding
  • Contractor Selection
  • Project Development
  • Energy Education



Low and Moderate Income Solar
Solar has historically benefitted higher-income individuals and households, as the upfront payment to install a system can be cost prohibitive for many. Other barriers include not being a homeowner, not having a roof that can support a solar system, or having too much shade. We focus on projects that crate access to renewable energy and deliver meaningful economic savings for low and moderate income communities.

Community Solar
Community solar is a model by which a solar project distributes benefits to multiple customers, creating access to solar for low-income residents, renters, and those who face other barriers to putting solar on their homes. A community solar array can be installed on a community building or on land, and subscribers to the system can buy a “share” of the solar array, thus receiving electricity bill credits for electricity generated by their share of the system. We are a registered Project Manager through the Oregon Community Solar Program.

Tribal Renewable Energy
Tribal renewable energy development can provide much needed energy independence, climate resilience, and reduced energy costs for Tribal Nations while also creating opportunity for workforce development and energy education.

For more information about Sunward please contact the Renewables team at