• Community Development Institutions

    Community Development Financial Institutions and Community Development Entities are mission-driven financial institutions, corporations, or partnerships that serve and empower economically distressed communities. Whether providing direct investment dollars or credit enhancements, they can play a critical role in solar development. ... [read more]
  • Community Purchase Programs

    Guiding principles: Accessibility and Affordability, Community Engagement Barriers addressed: Cost, Market Forces, Education and Outreach Also called “Solarize” programs, Community Purchase Programs help multiple homeowners go solar together, making the process easier and more affordable. Typically a third-party administrator (often a nonprofit organization or public agency) helps homeowners pool... [read more]
  • Community Shared Solar

    Shared solar programs – sometimes known as ‘community solar’ or ‘solar gardens’ – help address the physical barriers of going solar for those who do not own their home or a suitable roof. These programs allow any energy customer to subscribe or otherwise participate in a solar energy project... [read more]
  • Consumer Protection

    Consumer protections should be at the forefront of low-income solar programs, especially if they include customer finance. Key protections include... [read more]
  • Federal and State Tax Credits

    Tax credits are a common form of incentive program, although one that is limited in its utility to low-income households. Making tax-based incentives work for low-income consumers requires availability of a refund option or third-party financing entity that can monetize the credit. ... [read more]
  • Federal Partnerships/Best Practices Sharing

    Dedicated funding from federal sources for low-income solar programs has been largely absent, but a few partnerships have formed to ensure best practices sharing between jurisdictions looking to or in the process of implementing low-income solar programs.... [read more]
  • Grants and Technical Assistance

    Grants can be used to both directly fund projects developed for the benefit of low-income customers, and provide technical assistance to community-based organizations looking to support solar development, particularly in communities of color, environmental justice communities, and low-income communities.... [read more]