Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities - Manufactured Homes

CESA is examining the potential for using solar to power manufactured homes (formerly referred to as mobile homes) in different states. For this component of the Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project, CESA will work with state government agencies, rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and other stakeholders to help them explore the potential for launching a pilot project or program for manufactured homes.

An Advisory Committee of experts on manufactured housing and on solar energy is helping to shape CESA’s work. See a list of the Solar for LMI Manufactured Homes Advisory Committee members.

Two-Volume Report on Solar for Manufactured Homes

As a first step in this three-year project, CESA undertook the first national study of solar for manufactured homes. The resulting two-volume report, Solar for Manufactured Homes: An Assessment of the Opportunities and Challenges in 14 States, provides a landscape assessment of the manufactured housing market and shows where these homes are located across the country. It explains the general obstacles to solar access by low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities, as well as additional challenges related specifically to installing solar PV with manufactured housing. It identifies the types of solar technologies that can work with manufactured housing and includes nine case studies that highlight ways in which solar can be deployed to benefit manufactured housing residents. The report provides general recommendations for the development of solar for manufactured homes:

The report’s second volume examines the manufactured homes and manufactured housing communities in 14 states in different regions of the country, each with different housing markets and solar policies. It identifies the most promising policies and programs to bring the benefits of solar power to manufactured housing residents in each of the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.

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Learning Network and Working Group

CESA has created a learning network for state policymakers, utilities, solar industry representatives, manufactured homes associations, and other interested stakeholders who want to be invited to virtual events to learn more about the topic of solar for manufactured homes. To receive invitations to learning network events, signup for the learning network mailing list using the form at the top of this page.

CESA will also launch a working group of state agencies and utilities that want to explore developing pilot solar projects that benefit manufactured homes residents. To find out more about this working group or to join it, email wafamay@cleanegroup.org and include “working group” in the subject line.

The Scaling Up Solar for Under-Resourced Communities Project is funded in part by the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, which supports early-stage research and development to improve the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the grid.