IREC Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs

Spreading the Solar Cheer: Reaching Low-Income Customers

Heating and cooling are not “nice-to-haves” in most areas of the U.S. – they are a necessity. However, this basic need creates a disproportionate burden on low-income families. Statistics vary on how much low-income families typically spend on their energy bills, but it’s in the range of 6-20 percent of their annual income, much higher than the national average of 3 percent.

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Location, Location, Location: How much does it matter for shared solar participants?

By Laurel Passera, Erica Schroeder McConnell and Joe Wiedman Across the country, shared solar programs and facilities are creating pathways for new groups of customers to participate in local solar generation. But just how much does that “local” aspect matter?

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