Forge 2017 is seeking applications from non-profits, utilities, community-based organizations, local and state government, and entrepreneurs who seek to advance business models that will connect low-income customers in NY to clean energy benefits. Ideal applications will:
- Focus on developing or advancing an innovative business model that, if piloted, has the potential to benefit significant low-income populations (especially in NY State).
- Test methods that address one or more barriers to low-income clean energy access.
- Include participation (or intent to partner) with multiple stakeholders who are critical to project success.
- Include partnerships with community-based organizations or critical stakeholders with a deep understanding of low-income household and community needs.
- Be oriented towards implementation (pilot or scaling) in a specific location
Forge 2017 defines a business model as a plan for the full chain of transactions that will deliver clean energy benefits to low-income households. These include interactions between key stakeholders to enable 1) funding and financing, 2) customer engagement and acquisition, and 3) clean energy services to be delivered to low-income and other end-users. The workshop will take place June 13-15, 2017 at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, and applications are due April 14th.