Project Contact: Nate Hausman, nate@cleanegroup.org

CESA is leading a wide-ranging initiative to accelerate the development of solar projects that benefit low-and-moderate-income (LMI) households and communities. The “Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project” is being supported by a three-year funding award of $1.1 million from the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. The project began on October 1, 2019.

The project focuses on three distinct subsets of the LMI solar market: single-family homes, manufactured homes, and multifamily affordable housing.

Single-Family Homes

CESA is working with Connecticut Green Bank, Inclusive Prosperity Capital, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and PosiGen Solar to evaluate and promote an initiative that has successfully supported the installation of more than 1,500 solar projects for LMI homeowners in Connecticut. View a fact sheet on Connecticut’s program here or read a white paper about it here. We have established a working group for state officials to learn about—and potentially replicate—Connecticut’s program in their states. We have also established a learning network where we will share information and analysis on Connecticut’s program with other interested stakeholders. Sign up here to join the learning network.

Manufactured Homes

CESA is examining the potential for using solar to power manufactured homes in different states, based on their housing stock, solar policies, geography, and the applicability of different possible technologies. State government agencies, rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and other stakeholders will be encouraged to join a learning network to explore the potential for launching a pilot project or program for manufactured homes. See a list of CESA's Solar for LMI Manufactured Homes Advisory Committee members here.

Multifamily Affordable Housing

The multifamily affordable housing component of the project builds on work carried out by Clean Energy Group (CEG) in conjunction with the Kresge Foundation. CEG and CESA are working with housing developers/owners and community development lenders to replicate and expand loan guarantee and other foundation program-related investment (PRI) models for solar and solar+storage projects for multifamily affordable housing. Principal objectives are to increase community resilience and reduce energy costs for low-income households.

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The project is made possible through a funding award from the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

The US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office supports early-stage research and development to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. Learn more at energy.gov/solar-office.