Sustainable Solar Education Project - Webinars & Events

Principles and Policies for Low and Moderate Income Solar, Part 1

October 6, 2017

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.

Consumer Protections for Community Solar

June 22, 2017

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.

Workshop for State Officials: Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

June 14, 2017

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.

Utility-Driven Solar Projects for Low-Income Customers

June 8, 2017

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.

Community Solar for Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers

June 1, 2017

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.

Crowd-Financing Solar for Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Communities

May 25, 2017

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.

Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low-Income Customers

May 18, 2017

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.

Low-Income Solar, Part 2: Using the Tools of Low-Income Energy Efficiency Financing

March 30, 2017

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.

Low-Income Solar, Part 1: Lessons Learned from Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs

March 23, 2017

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.

Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities

March 16, 2017

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.