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Cover image for resource: Modeling the Cost of LMI Community Solar Participation: Preliminary Results

Modeling the Cost of LMI Community Solar Participation: Preliminary Results

May 29, 2018

In an effort to understand the magnitude of incentives needed to drive low-and-moderate-income (LMI) customer participation in community solar, NREL’s Kosol Kiatreungwattana used a community solar finance tool to assess the cost of community solar for LMI customers in 6 states (CT, DC, MN, NM, OR, RI).

Cover image for resource: Income Trends of Residential PV Adopters: An analysis of household-level income estimates.

Income Trends of Residential PV Adopters: An analysis of household-level income estimates

April 2, 2018

This report aims to establish basic factual information about income trends among U.S. residential solar adopters, with some emphasis on low- and moderate-income households.

Owning the Benefits of Solar+Storage: New Ownership and Investment Models for Affordable Housing and Community Facilities

February 15, 2018

This paper explores additional ownership and financing options for solar+storage projects and low-income communities beyond direct ownership and conventional leasing models.

Unlocking Solar for Low-and Moderate-Income Residents: A Matrix of Financing Options by Resident, Provider, and Housing Type

January 31, 2018

This report identifies the most promising strategies state policymakers might consider using to finance PV for low- and moderate-income customers.

Solar Risk: How Energy Storage Can Preserve Solar Savings in California Affordable Housing

May 17, 2017

A new analysis finds that energy storage can effectively hedge against proposed changes to California’s solar policies and utility rates that could drastically reduce the value of solar.

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.

A Resilient Power Capital Scan: How Foundations Could Use Grants and Investments to Advance Solar and Storage in Low-Income Communities

February 1, 2017

This report identifies market barriers to deploying solar+storage technologies in low-income markets, and proposes more than 50 grant and investment opportunities that socially minded investors can use to target those barriers.

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.

Project Overview: McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project

October 18, 2016

This fact sheet provides an overview of the McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project in Waltham, Vermont. It is the first in the nation to provide net-zero affordable housing with resilient solar+storage technology for rural tenants.