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2020 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards: Case Studies of Award-Winning Programs that Are Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition

July 20, 2020

This report presents case studies of the six recipients of the 2020 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards.

State Strategies for Valuing Distributed Energy Resources in Cost-Effective Locations

March 25, 2020

This report provides background information on locational value of solar and incorporates insights and lessons learned in the course of conducting CESA’s Multistate Initiative to Develop Solar in Locations that Provide Benefits to the Grid.

Building a State Solar Program for Low- and Moderate-Income Homeowners: Replicating Connecticut’s Success

February 6, 2020

This paper aims to inform states across the country about Connecticut’s solar program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners benefit from solar photovoltaics.

State Pollinator-Friendly Solar Initiatives

January 22, 2020

Seven states have enacted legislation to promote pollinator-friendly solar development. This white paper provides an overview of these state efforts and offers suggestions for what other states can do to promote solar while also creating or preserving healthy habitats for pollinators.

Financing Resilient Power Fact Sheet

January 9, 2020

Financing Resilient Power is a new, groundbreaking philanthropic effort—a $3.3 million initiative of The Kresge Foundation to accelerate the market development of solar+storage technologies in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

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Solar with Justice

December 10, 2019

This report aims to accelerate the implementation of solar in under-resourced communities in ways that provide meaningful, long-lasting benefits to those communities.

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Energía Solar con Equidad Social – Resumen Ejecutivo

December 10, 2019

El objetivo del informe “Energía Solar con Equidad Social” es acelerar la implementación de energía solar en comunidades de escasos recursos en formas que proporcionen beneficios significativos y duraderos para estas comunidades.

Returning Champions: State Clean Energy Leadership Since 2015

November 5, 2019

Returning Champions: State Clean Energy Leadership Since 2015, a new report from the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), highlights the essential role that states are playing to develop and implement effective policies and programs. The report describes the range of strategies and initiatives that states are using to grow clean energy markets, and it provides readers with a concise overview of clean energy trends at the state level.

Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers

Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers

December 19, 2018

This report reviews existing and emerging LMI community solar programs, discusses key questions related to program design, outlines how states can leverage incentives and finance structures to lower the cost of LMI community solar, and examines marketing and outreach considerations.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs

A Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing: Leases, Loans and PPAs

November 28, 2018

This guide aims to help homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system financing. The guide describes three popular residential solar financing choices – leases, loans, and power purchase agreements (PPAs) – and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as how they compare to a direct cash purchase. It clarifies key solar financing terms and provides a list of questions homeowners should ask before deciding if and how to proceed with installing a solar system.