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Webinar & Events - Sustainable Solar Education Project
This is the first in a two-part webinar course on low and moderate income solar policy and principles. Speakers from CESA and PaulosAnalysis presented.
This webinar discussed consumer protection issues that may arise in community solar projects for residential consumers, and the role states play in ensuring appropriate consumer protections.
CESA hosted a full-day workshop for state officials on low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar. The workshop examined the challenges states face in promoting LMI solar and highlighted ideas for overcoming those challenges. State employees from any state were welcome to apply to attend the workshop.
Some utilities have begun developing solar projects specifically to serve low-income customers and underrepresented neighborhoods. This webinar features two utility pilot projects that are installing solar panels on rooftops in low-income neighborhoods.
Because community solar can be made accessible to renters and can include flexible terms, it holds promise for spreading the benefits of solar to low- and moderate-income (LMI) consumers. In this webinar, guest speakers from Solstice and from Alpine Bank presented two financially sustainable models for making community solar more available to LMI consumers.
In this webinar, Andreas Karelas, the Executive Director of RE-volv, and Todd Bluechel, the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at CollectiveSun, presented two models that rely on crowd-funding to enable nonprofits to adopt solar.
CESA has produced a guide for state and municipal officials on bringing the benefits of solar to low-income consumers. In this webinar, report author Ben Paulos (PaulosAnalysis) provided an overview and addressed questions from the audience.
In this webinar presented by CESA’s Sustainable Solar Education Project, Greg Leventis from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory reviewed low-income energy efficiency financing products and discussed how different financing products can address different barriers to low-income energy improvements.
Ian Hoffman from LBNL discussed the lessons learned from low-income energy efficiency programs, and how they can be applied to low-income solar programs. Topics covered include how programs can be tailored to different segments of the low-income population, such as multifamily vs. single-family housing, as well as what obstacles have been encountered and what new solutions are proposed.
The webinar explained how solar+storage can benefit low- and moderate-income communities and described a variety of policy tools for doing so, including grants, rebates, utility procurement standards, financing support, opening markets, and soft cost reductions.