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Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar and Solar+Storage: Solar for All Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Program Design Options for States

August 30, 2023

This guide offers simple options for states to add Multifamily Affordable Housing (MFAH) solar and/or solar+storage to their application to the $7 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Solar for All competition (Solar for All) and take advantage of the new tax credit features of the Inflation reduction Act.

Predevelopment Funding for LMI Solar and Storage Projects: A Case Study from New York

August 22, 2023

NYSERDA’s Affordable Solar and Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program in New York State is successfully addressing the predevelopment challenge for solar and storage projects for low- and moderate-income residents.

Community Solar for Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities: Solar for All Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Program Design Options for States

August 1, 2023

This document offers insights into how states can design and launch community solar programs that benefit disadvantaged communities and low- and moderate-income households using the $7 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Solar for All competition and take advantage of new tax credits features available under the Inflation Reduction Act.

LMI Community Solar Resource Database

July 14, 2023

This database was developed as a resource hub for state agencies that are working to develop and implement community solar programs for low- and moderate-income (LMI) households.

Single-Family Home LMI Solar Program Request for Proposals Template: A Solar for All-Compliant Solar Program Design for States

July 7, 2023

To facilitate the design and launch of LMI single-family homes program by states and to leverage existing funding opportunities from the IRA, CESA produced a template RFP to select on or more solar developers to deliver a solar program to disadvantaged communities and low-income households.

Single-Family Home LMI Solar Program – Program Design Guidance: A Solar for All Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund-Compliant Solar Program Design for States

July 7, 2023

To facilitate the design and launch of LMI solar programs by states and to leverage existing funding opportunities from the IRA, CESA produced this guidance note along with a standard RFP that can be used by states and other relevant stakeholders to design and launch Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund-compliant LMI programs in their state.

Strengthening a Minnesota Community with Solar and Resilience

July 6, 2023

This case study details the development of a community solar array and Resilience Hub in Duluth, Minnesota. This project provides a useful model for community-based organizations and state energy agencies interested in developing their own equity-focused energy and resilience projects.

Low-Income Communities Bonus Energy Investment Credit Program: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

June 15, 2023

On June 1, 2023, the IRS issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) regarding the low-income communities bonus energy investment credit program (the LMI Adder) under the Inflation Reduction Act. This document first provides a high-level summary of what the NOPR covers, followed by a more in-depth review of the NOPR in the form of an FAQ.

Partnering to Reduce Energy Burden: A Michigan Community Solar and Weatherization Pilot

June 14, 2023

In an effort to reduce the energy burden on low-income Michiganders, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy collaborated with local community action agencies and utilities to develop three separate community solar pilot programs. This case study illustrates how the program partners developed each pilot, what they learned, and what advice they would give to those developing future programs.

What is CESA and Why it Matters (video)

May 17, 2023

Have you ever wondered why CESA was founded? How CESA members benefit from being involved in CESA? What are CESA’s key program areas or who are the CESA staff members that lead those efforts? To celebrate 20 years of successful state collaboration on clean energy, CESA produced a video that looks back on how far…