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Implementing Washington, DC’s Solar for All Program: An Example of Equitable Solar Outreach and Consumer Education

June 6, 2024

Washington, DC’s Solar for All program aims to benefit over 100,000 households with incomes at or below 80% of area median income. This case study profiles the program and the ways its administrators have handled outreach and consumer education over the program’s seven-year history.

Understanding LMI Solar Program-Level Economics and Savings Using SAM

May 3, 2024

CESA’s Vero Bourg-Meyer and Simon Sandler from NREL discuss how to use NREL’s System Advisor Model (SAM) to understand low-and middle-income solar program-level economics, incentives, and savings.

Battery Storage for Fossil-Fueled Peaker Plant Replacement: A Maine Case Study

April 11, 2024

This analysis demonstrates that battery storage can cost effectively replace aging fossil-fueled peaker power plants in New England.

Solar For All List of Programmatic Functions

April 9, 2024

This document is a comprehensive list of the functions needed to design and deploy a low- and moderate-income solar program as part of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All competition. This list can help states clarify which functions are needed and which are not for each program/sector, evaluate which functions to keep in-house vs. procure externally, and negotiate with EPA with a clearer understanding of next steps.

Comments Regarding Maine’s Draft Assessment of Storage Procurement Mechanisms and Cost-Effectiveness

March 26, 2024

The Clean Energy States Alliance submitted comments to the Maine Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) in response to their Opportunity for Comment Regarding Draft Assessment of Storage Procurement Mechanisms and Cost-effectiveness.

Directory of Solar Energy Technical Assistance Available to Community-Based Organizations

March 18, 2024

Community-based organizations (CBOs) pursuing solar energy projects may benefit from additional resources and information to help them achieve their desired clean energy and community-building outcomes.

Energy Storage Incentive Rate Setting for States

March 14, 2024

This issue brief provides recommendations and guidance on incentive rate-setting for states seeking to develop distributed (behind-the-meter) energy storage incentive programs. It is intended to help states decide how to structure incentive programs and how to set incentive rates.

Empowering Tomorrow: A Preview of States’ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All Programs

February 29, 2024

This report summarizes trends and calculates the potential impact of the EPA’s $7 billion Solar for All competition. The report provides the first public look into the range of state proposals that have been submitted in response to this competition. It can serve as a market readiness tool, to help states prepare for a massive and historic influx of LMI solar funding.

Davis-Bacon Primer for States Implementing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All Program

January 11, 2024

This explainer introduces states deploying federal funding to rules regarding worker protection, local wages, and benefits under the Davis Bacon Act. The plain English question-and-answer document was specifically prepared for states that will implement Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All programs, but it will be useful to other state agencies deploying Inflation Reduction Act funding.

Working with Community-Based Organizations to Advance Solar for LMI and Disadvantaged Communities: Selected Resources for State Energy Agencies

December 12, 2023

In this resource guide, CESA recommends four previously published resources that elaborate on what state energy agencies should consider when conducting stakeholder outreach and engaging with community-based organizations.