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Webinar & Events - Scaling-Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities
Panelists will share information about a community solar project being developed by Holy Cross Energy (HCE), a rural electric cooperative in Colorado, that will benefit manufactured homes residents, including information on how the project has come to be, the programs and incentives utilized to support the project, how newly available Inflation Reduction Act incentives are being used to expand the project, how this project could be replicated and scaled up to benefit more mobile home residents throughout HCE’s service area, and more.
Panelists will share more information about how community solar can be used to bring the benefits of solar to manufactured homes; how to engage with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership; and successful examples of community solar projects that have benefitted manufactured homes and communities.
Scaling Up Solar – The Montgomery County Green Bank and Sunnova’s Low-and Moderate-Income Solar Pilot Program
Earlier this year, the Montgomery County Green Bank launched a new $600K LMI solar pilot program to test a different approach to solar access in LMI communities. The pilot includes a dual track (ownership and third party-owned) and an innovative third party owned pricing structure with solar company Sunnova.
In 2015, Connecticut Green Bank, in partnership with the solar and energy efficiency company PosiGen, launched a solar leasing program that targets low- and moderate-income homeowners. Berkeley Lab’s study shows that the program has successfully reached underserved customers and has reasonable repayment rates given the credit characteristics of the participants.
There are now over 40 programs in the US that promote solar adoption by low- and moderate-income households. New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory takes a look at how they are being evaluated, highlighting trends among evaluation methods, metrics tracked, and best practices employed.
Manufactured homes, formerly referred to as mobile homes, comprise over 6 percent of America’s housing stock and represent an even larger share of housing for low- and moderate-income (LMI) households. CESA’s new report explores the opportunities and challenges for bringing the benefits of solar to manufactured housing residents in fourteen states.
As part of CESA’s Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project, Clean Energy Group conducted a survey of municipalities, community organizations, affordable housing developers, and technical service providers who have been involved in developing solar+storage projects. This webinar will focus on highlights of the survey.
New research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds evidence that LMI-specific financial incentives, solar leasing, and property-assessed financing have increased the diffusion of solar adoption among LMI households in existing markets and have driven more installations into previously under-served low-income communities.
Financing Resilient Power in Underserved Communities: Moving Forward with Distributed Solar+Storage Projects
Resilient solar+storage projects are increasingly being pursued in low- and moderate-income communities in response to a combination of falling costs, new revenue opportunities and incentive programs, and innovative financing solutions. This webinar explored the economics of distributed solar+storage projects, characteristics of current projects, financing solutions, incentives, and technical assistance resources.
Financing Resilient Power in Under-Resourced Communities: A Foundation’s Comprehensive Financing Initiative for Solar+Storage Projects
Financing Resilient Power is a new, groundbreaking philanthropic effort—a $3.3 million initiative of The Kresge Foundation to accelerate the market development of solar+storage technologies in historically underserved communities.