Movement for Solar Capacity and Leadership

( "MSCL" )

Applications are closed.

The Movement for Solar Capacity and Leadership (“MSCL”) program is a great opportunity for free training in one of society’s most important and rapidly growing fields - solar development. Additionally, the program enables meaningful engagement with other highly-motivated solar learners to cross-pollinate ideas and strategies, and it is a vehicle to connect with national partners.

I. The program offers a small intimate learning community/cohort - with an upfront in-person retreat, weekly evening online seminars, and additional opportunities to learn and connect.

II. More specifically, the MSCL program involves:

  • Education and training regarding solar energy, and particularly "community solar" focused on serving LMI (low and moderate income) communities;
  • Learning about the new federal climate programs offering millions of dollars to LMI and communities of color;
  • Building community with a select group of other trainees; 
  • An "each-one teach-one" approach with participants having the opportunity to give back by relaying their education and training to their community-based organization;
  • Connecting with national partners engaged in promoting climate, racial and economic justice.

III. Who should apply:

  • People who can demonstrate some connection to a community-based organization that has some interest in developing solar projects;
  • People seeking deeper training in solar development;
  • People who, ideally, already possess some basic knowledge of energy policy and solar energy (and indeed, a brief online self-study intro course is available for those who wish to gain this familiarity or simply brush up prior to entering the MSCL course).

IV. What’s expected of MSCL participants:

  • A strong interest in learning about community solar and its potential community benefits (jobs, discounted energy bills, clean air, eventual ownership and economic development); 
  • Active participation in the weekly seminars and other possible cohort activities (which may include online chat spaces, meetings, and/or buddy pairings, depending on participant preferences);
  • Engagement for the full period - end of February through June
  • Attendance at a fully paid cohort gathering in late February or early March, location TBD (but centrally in the country).

V. What participants will gain from the key components of the MSCL program:

  • Technical assistance with organizing and developing community solar projects;
  • A learning community made up of peers with similar interests/experience in solar development;  
  • Connections with national and regional experts. 

VI. To Apply:

  • Complete this brief application (see above link) by January 16th. Even if you don’t meet every single qualification, we encourage you to apply (see above link)!
  • For questions, contact Jenni Mangala at 

Please click here to go to the Programs Main Page. 

Thank you for your interest!



The People’s Solar Energy Fund advances energy democracy by supporting the growth of community-led, community-owned solar projects with a focus on low income and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities. PSEF provides funding, technical assistance and shared services for a network of nonprofit and coop solar developers. 


PSEF is committed to equal opportunity regarding employment and program selection in our efforts to build  open, inclusive and affirming spaces that reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community,  people with a lived experience of poverty/ racism and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.