A unique feature of the SolSmart program is the opportunity for participating communities to apply to host a SolSmart Advisor – fully-funded, experienced staff recruited to help communities achieve designation. Once assigned to their Host Communities, Advisors will evaluate existing local government programs and processes and apply industry-leading best practices to keep the community moving toward designation. SolSmart Advisors will assist 30 communities through engagements lasting up to six months and receive stipends of approximately $1,250/week on average.
There will be one more opportunity for communities to be chosen as a Host Community for SolSmart Advisors.
2017 Advisors RFP for Qualified Organizations
SolSmart is currently reviewing all responses to the RFP submitted prior to February 28, 2017. We appreciate your patience as we undertake this review. If you have any questions about your submission or the timeline, please contact either the SolSmart staff with whom you've worked or Philip Haddix (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Host Community Qualifications
SolSmart is currently reviewing all Host Community applications submitted prior to January 31, 2017. We appreciate your patience as we undertake this review. If you have any questions about your submission or the timeline, please contact either the SolSmart staff with whom you've worked or Philip Haddix (email@example.com).
For communities that missed the January 31 deadline, we encourage you to check back soon to learn about the next opportunity to apply as a Host Community.
Upon receipt of the Host Community Application, the SolSmart team will conduct a review based on the following factors:
1. Commitment to achieving SolSmart designation (demonstrated through the submission of completed SolSmart Intake Forms and Solar Statements for all communities);
2. Potential for impact (based on the number of communities to be designated by an Advisor);
3. Strength of Project Narrative (based on whether communities demonstrate an understanding of the purpose, goals, and expectations of the Advisors program; the project and likelihood that the Advisor will be able to adequately serve all communities covered by the Host Community application; the roles/activities envisioned for the Advisor; and whether the applicant understands the commitments inherent in receiving an Advisor.);
4.Level of need (based on the SolSmart designation Intake Form benchmarking results); and
5. Geographic and socioeconomic diversity (among other applicants)
Secondary consideration will be given to the potential for long-term opportunities for Advisors and the ability and willingness of the Host Community to provide project cost share.
Once selected, Host Communities will have the option to nominate a current staff member to serve as an Advisor, though all nominees must be vetted and approved by the SolSmart team. Communities that do not wish to nominate an Advisor (or those nominating Advisors that do not qualify) will be paired with an Advisor chosen with the assistance of the SolSmart team through an open application process. All Advisors will be required to attend a week-long orientation, training, and networking event in Washington, D.C.
We encourage you to view a recording of an Advisor webinar or download the webinar slides linked below to learn more about the application process.