Subtitle: Will policymakers, regulators and utilities help low-income customers take advantage of the opportunity?
By Wayne Waite and Lewis Milford / Published by Greentech Media
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In the last five years, solar PV costs have declined to the point that standalone solar PV systems can be financially feasible for affordable housing owners and at times more feasible than deeper energy-efficiency retrofits. As a result, solar PV is increasingly credible as a way to offset electricity consumption after a first level of energy efficiency retrofitting. At a policy level, providing incentives to finance solar access for low-income communities has emerged as a second significant step for reducing energy costs for low-income renters in affordable housing.
About the Writers
Wayne Waite is the policy director for the California Housing Partnership, a private nonprofit organization that assists nonprofit and government housing agencies to create and preserve affordable housing benefiting lower-income households.
Lewis Milford, an attorney, is president and founder of Clean Energy Group, a national nonprofit organization that works with state, federal and international organizations to promote clean energy policy, finance and innovation.