People Power Solar Coop and Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) Make Waves at the Sunny Awards


The Sunny Awards for Equitable Community Solar proved to be a big win for two members of PSEF’s network, People Power Solar Coop  and  Cooperative Energy Futures  (CEF). The Sunny Awards , which were held on January 19th, are an initiative of the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) Annual Summit, a coalition of community solar stakeholders keen on making community solar more accessible.  

Cooperative Energy Futures’ Faribault Community Solar Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota was one of five $10,000 grand prize winners. Grand prize winners were determined by an external panel that reviewed eligibility requirements and used a pre-set set of scoring guidance to make final prize determinations.  
People Power Solar Coop walked away with a Meaningful Benefits Category Special Recognition award to acknowledge its unique innovation in developing and executing a community ownership model.  

Both organizations work diligently to transform the community solar space with equity and accessibility as their guideposts, and were among 50 overall finalists up for the Sunny Awards. People’s Solar Energy Fund is proud to have them as part of our member network. Join us in celebrating their big wins! 

See below for some images from the event: 

PSEF Member Ho'āhu Energy Coop Leading Hawaii’s First Two Community-Owned Solar Projects  


People’s Solar Energy Fund is excited to share that our member Hoʻāhu Energy Cooperative Molokai is working alongside Hawaiian Electric to spearhead Hawaii’s first two community-owned and designed solar and battery projects. 

The projects, Kualapuʻu Community Based Renewable Energy Project and Pālāʻau Community Based Renewable Energy Project, will be the first on Moloka’i to offer community-based renewable energy (CBRE). According to Hawaiian Electric’s January 12 press release, the projects could meet “over 20% of Molokai’s energy needs and serve an estimated 1,500 households on the island.” This 20-year initiative has the potential to transform the community’s relationship with CBRE — not only will CBRE be accessible to many Moloka’i residents for the first time, but they’ll see a reduction in energy bills and in the island’s carbon footprint long-term. 

Hoʻāhu Energy Cooperative Molokai (Hoʻāhu) was formed by advocates on Moloka’i in 2020 with the aim of empowering the community to design and own renewable energy. The coop is a volunteer-run grassroots organization committed to democratizing energy and building community equity. They work with partners in the renewable energy space to create “resilient, sustainable, equitable, culturally conscious energy for all.”

PSEF is proud to have played a small part in supporting Hoʻāhu Energy Cooperative Molokai as they moved through the bidding process for these projects.

To read the official press release, click here:
To learn more about Hoʻāhu Energy Cooperative Molokai, visit their website: