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Title: Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States

Abstract

This report presents a first-of-kind assessment of the technical potential of rooftop solar for low and moderate-income households, as well as providing insight on the distribution of solar potential by tenure, income, and other building characteristics. We find that a substantial fraction of the national rooftop solar potential is located on LMI buildings and, for all incomes, a substantial fraction on multi-family and renter-occupied buildings. We also find that rooftop solar can significantly contribute to long-term penetration targets established by the U.S. DOE, though to do so requires deployment on multi-family and renter-occupied buildings. Traditional deployment models have insufficiently enabled access to solar for these income groups and building types. Without innovation either in regulatory, market, or policy factors, a large fraction of the U.S. potential is unlikely to be addressed, as well as leading to inequalities in solar access. Ironically, potential electric bill savings from rooftop solar would have the greatest material impact on the lives of low-income households as compared to their high-income counterparts.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1434891
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-6A20-70901
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; LMI; rooftop solar; technical potential; LiDAR; market

Citation Formats

Sigrin, Benjamin O, and Mooney, Meghan E. Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1434891.
Sigrin, Benjamin O, & Mooney, Meghan E. Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States. United States. doi:10.2172/1434891.
Sigrin, Benjamin O, and Mooney, Meghan E. Tue . "Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States". United States. doi:10.2172/1434891. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1434891.
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title = {Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States},
author = {Sigrin, Benjamin O and Mooney, Meghan E},
abstractNote = {This report presents a first-of-kind assessment of the technical potential of rooftop solar for low and moderate-income households, as well as providing insight on the distribution of solar potential by tenure, income, and other building characteristics. We find that a substantial fraction of the national rooftop solar potential is located on LMI buildings and, for all incomes, a substantial fraction on multi-family and renter-occupied buildings. We also find that rooftop solar can significantly contribute to long-term penetration targets established by the U.S. DOE, though to do so requires deployment on multi-family and renter-occupied buildings. Traditional deployment models have insufficiently enabled access to solar for these income groups and building types. Without innovation either in regulatory, market, or policy factors, a large fraction of the U.S. potential is unlikely to be addressed, as well as leading to inequalities in solar access. Ironically, potential electric bill savings from rooftop solar would have the greatest material impact on the lives of low-income households as compared to their high-income counterparts.},
doi = {10.2172/1434891},
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place = {United States},
year = {Tue Apr 17 00:00:00 EDT 2018},
month = {Tue Apr 17 00:00:00 EDT 2018}
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