Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

May 15, 2017

by Bentham Paulos (PaulosAnalysis) for CESA

step guide may 2017 coverDespite increasing affordability of solar and solar-friendly policies and programs, some low-income households still face substantial obstacles to going solar: being renters and not homeowners, having low or no credit, or having little savings. Conversely, many policies that provide financial or energy assistance to the poor were not designed to access solar power. A new guide, written for CESA by Bentham Paulos of Paulos Analysis, concludes that barriers to adopting solar are not insurmountable.

This guide, “Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers,” outlines the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides a detailed overview of strategies that policymakers and government agencies can use to encourage low-income solar adoption. Read the guide at the link to the right.

In a webinar on May 18, report author Ben Paulos provided an overview of the guide. His presentation was followed by a Q&A with the audience, moderated by CESA Project Director Nate Hausman. Slides and a recording of this webinar are available here.

This report and webinar were produced through CESA’s Sustainable Solar Education Project, which provides information and educational resources to help states and municipalities ensure that distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households. This project is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals program.