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How to Bring Shared Renewables to Low-Moderate Income Consumers

Shared Renewable Energy-IREC
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s new report, Shared Renewable Energy for Low- to Moderate-Income Consumers: Policy Guidelines and Model Provisions provides information and tools for policymakers, regulators, utilities, shared renewable energy developers, program administrators and others to support the adoption and implementation of shared renewables programs specifically designed to provide tangible benefits to LMI individuals and households.

“Designing scalable shared renewable energy programs and facilitating LMI customer participation in these programs are mutual goals for many states and other stakeholders,” says Erica Schroeder McConnell, an attorney for IREC and major contributor to the document. “Taken in concert with IREC’s existing Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs, these LMI guidelines and model provisions are intended to help inform the development of programs that achieve both goals going forward.”

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Website: www.irecusa.org

Public agencies enable SolarCity’s community solar offering for low income families

By Andy Colthorpe, PV Tech

Families on low incomes in California will be able to benefit from a new drive by PV-install and PVTech1leasing company SolarCity, enabled by a program set up by the state’s regulator. California Public Utilities’ Commission (CPUC), responsible for setting out the terms under which privately owned utilities operate, has run the MASH (multifamily affordable solar housing) program since 2008. To date, over 350 projects have gone ahead through the scheme, enabling the addition of 22.7MW of PV generation capacity across California . . . GTM Research put out a report in June that called community solar the “most significant” growth market in US PV, predicting that it could reach 500MW a year by 2020 . . . As well as expanding the reach of solar onto the rooftops and carports of low income households, SolarCity’s new offering will train up installers from those communities as well, the company said.

Read the entire article here.

Photo Credit: SolarCity. The community solar projects for low-income families will include carport installations as well as rooftops. 

Shared Renewables / Community Solar Resources – Solar Energy Industries Association

4 Major New Rulings That Will Boost Solar Power and Energy Storage in California

by Eric Wesoff

“As goes California, so goes the rest of the nation.”

Two of the rulings Wesoff reports on will greatly impact poverty mitigation and community economic development in California, creating inspiring model programs for other states:

SB 43 initiates a 600-megawatt shared solar limit and virtual net metering program, of which 100 megawatts are reserved for “the most impacted and disadvantaged communities” and “areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution.”

AB 217 expands and extends California’s low-income solar program, with the state’s goal of installing systems equivalent to 50 megawatts of generating capacity for low-income housing.

To read Eric Wesoff’s article, click here: