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Solar & Energy Efficiency Webinar Part 1: Resources to Support Local Initiatives for Low-to-Moderate Income Communities

Low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities face unique challenges when it comes to accessing energy efficiency solutions and solar energy. However, this is slowly changing as policymakers nationwide are developing policies and programs to increase energy efficiency and solar resources for these communities. This webinar serves as an educational resource for local governments interested in better understanding market barriers and expanding solar and energy efficiency deployment in low to moderate income communities. Viewers will be able to explore and visualize data developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) focused on how rooftop solar on LMI housing represents an opportunity to help modernize the U.S electric grid and advance energy affordability in low income communities. NREL and the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) also discuss financing options and incentives for solar development and energy efficiency in LMI communities. ACEEE introduces its City Clean Energy Scorecard and the organization’s work on low income and multi-family research projects. The speakers also discuss local-level approaches for combining energy efficiency and solar to benefit LMI households. Slides for the webinar recording can be found here: www.solsmart.org/media/Solar-Energy-Efficiency-Webinar-Part-1-Slide-Deck.pdf

Related Criteria

  • MDF-7: Provide local incentives (i.e. permit fee waivers or rebates) or locally-enabled finance (e.g. a revolving loan fund) for solar PV.
  • CE-12: Local Innovation - Has your community taken action to reduce community engagement soft costs that wasn't captured in the list above?
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