ISSICommunity solar holds promise as a means of delivering affordable, clean energy to communities around the country. These projects allow residential customers to pool resources and buy stakes in larger projects, achieving price reductions through economies of scale, and providing solar energy access to consumers without land to host their own generation.

While 40 states have at least one community solar project, these often serve wealthier customers. To address this market gap, several states have taken steps to ensure that low-income communities can access community solar developments. For example New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts all provide financial incentives to reduce costs for low-income participants; Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey all reserve portions of state-supported community solar for low-income residents. New York’s Solar for All has been particularly successful, allowing low-income customers to sign up for community solar on their utility bills, and providing a $5-15 monthly credit on participant’s bills.

The Inclusive Shared Solar Initiative is a collaboration between NASEO, NEADA, and NYERDA, and will work with stakeholders in state government, low-income communities, solar developers, and financial institutions to expand, replicate, and refine the Solar for All model in new markets.

State, Territory, and District of Columbia Energy Offices and Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Offices are invited to apply to become State Implementation Partners in the Inclusive Shared Solar Initiative (ISSI). Please visit the following to download the RFP and learn more: Inclusive Shared Solar Initiative (ISSI) Request for Proposals (RFP) for ISSI State Implementation Partners