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Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

May 15, 2017

This guide outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption.

Solar+Storage for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities: A Guide for States and Municipalities

March 3, 2017

This guide seeks to provide state and municipal officials with information to develop effective solar and battery storage (solar+storage) policies and programs that benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. It explores a range of policy approaches that have been successfully employed and provides program examples from states that have made LMI access to these technologies a priority.

Standards and Requirements for Solar Equipment, Installation, and Licensing and Certification: A Guide for States and Municipalities

January 30, 2017

This guide is intended as a starting point for program managers in states or municipalities who are developing or revising standards and requirements for installation, licensing and certification, equipment, and warranties for solar PV equipment and systems.

Publicly Supported Solar Loan Programs: A Guide for States and Municipalities

January 3, 2017

This guide describes general factors state and municipal governments should consider when assessing whether to launch a public solar loan program, explains various loan program design elements, and offers several case studies.

Solar Information for Consumers: A Guide for States

November 8, 2016

This guide explains why states should provide consumer information on solar, describes the types of information that can be useful, and points out existing educational efforts by states and other entities that provide models and useful resource information.