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10/9/2017 at 1:07:55 PM GMT
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Solar and the Low-to-Moderate Income Community

     Solar energy is sparse in the Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) community.  In some cases Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) provide free solar panels based on donations, or help support low cost installations with significant financial help from donors.  

     The LMI community suffers from a number of drawbacks:  lack of free capital to purchase solar arrays, older roofs, requiring upgrades before a solar array can be responsibly installed, (often) lack of home ownership.  In addition, the LMI community tends to be more transient than homeowners.  In some (but not all) cases, credit scores tend to be on the low side.

     With the advent of community solar, a number of power purchase agreement PPA) opportunities will be provided to the LMI community.  What characteristics should these PPAs have that will make them valuable to the LMI community?

     What are the costs to the developers to include these characteristics?

     If a state mandates a portion of a community solar program be provided in the LMI community, what proportion of these costs should be the responsibility of the developer and what proportion of the state?  

     Some believe the LMI community is not a good credit risk, but overall credit risk may not translate into reliability to pay for electricity.  Are there studies, or anecdotal evidence that studies the reliability of the LMI community to pay electric bills?  To pay bills to a PPA provider?

     Many believe a 20 year PPA is too long for the LMI community.  Are there studies or anecdotal evidence that indicates what length of PPA is better accepted by the LMI community?


10/4/2018 at 5:35:17 PM GMT
Posts: 2
Grid Alternatives puts a lot of solar power systems on LMI households

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