Resource Archive - 2023


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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…

Comments on the Solar for All Competition of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

May 9, 2023

CESA submitted comments to the EPA regarding the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Implementation Framework, authorized under the IRA. The comments chiefly pertain to the Solar for All Competition but also relate to some of the requirements set under the GGRF Framework applicable to all three competitions.

Investing in Relationships: Strategies State Agencies Can Use to Equitably Partner with Community Representatives

May 5, 2023

This case study analyzes six programs conducted by the Energy Trust of Oregon that have shown success in building meaningful and impactful relationships with community representatives. These programs can serve as a model for other state agencies seeking to develop relationships with community partners in order to better meet their shared goals.

Energize Your Impact: How Foundations Can Accelerate Solar for LMI-Serving Community Institutions

April 4, 2023

This report explores how philanthropic foundations have supported the deployment of solar and solar plus battery storage in low- and moderate-income communities in the United States.