Some states have adopted financing programs to help provide low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents with access to solar photovoltaics (PV), but the applicability and effectiveness of financing strategies can vary, depending on the type of housing, the customer’s homeownership status, and whether the resident receives federal housing assistance.

This webinar provides an overview of a 2018 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) report exploring the effectiveness of different financing strategies for LMI solar customers under different housing scenarios. Report authors Jeff Cook and Lori Bird discussed the most promising strategies state policymakers might consider using to finance solar PV for LMI customers across three housing types: single family, multifamily, and manufactured housing.

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at:

The report highlighted in this webinar, "Unlocking Solar for Low-and Moderate-Income Residents: A Matrix of Financing Options by Resident, Provider, and Housing Type," is available at:

This webinar was presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project. For more information and resources about solar consumer protection and equitability, visit

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