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Title: Residential Solar-Adopter Income and Demographic Trends: 2021 Update

Abstract

The report describes income, demographic, and other socio-economic trends among U.S. residential rooftop solar adopters. The report is based on data for roughly 1.9 million residential rooftop solar systems installed through 2019, representing 82% of all U.S. systems. With its unique size, geographic scope, and level of detail, this report is intended to serve as a foundational reference document for policy-makers, industry stakeholders, and researchers. Key findings include the following: -Solar adopters generally skew towards higher incomes, though that trend continues to diminish over time. -Solar adopter incomes vary considerably and encompass many low-to-moderate income (LMI) households. -Solar-adopter incomes are consistently higher for systems paired with battery storage, for host-owned systems, and for systems installed on single-family homes. -Solar adopters differ from the broader U.S. population in terms of a variety of other demographic and socioeconomic measures. -State-level comparisons indicate that solar-adopters tend to live in neighborhoods with relatively high non-Hispanic White and Asian populations, and with relatively low Hispanic and Black populations.

Authors:
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  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Renewable Power Office. Solar Energy Technologies Office
OSTI Identifier:
1775422
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Barbose, Galen L., Forrester, Sydney, O’Shaughnessy, Eric, and Darghouth, Naïm R. Residential Solar-Adopter Income and Demographic Trends: 2021 Update. United States: N. p., 2021. Web. doi:10.2172/1775422.
Barbose, Galen L., Forrester, Sydney, O’Shaughnessy, Eric, & Darghouth, Naïm R. Residential Solar-Adopter Income and Demographic Trends: 2021 Update. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/1775422
Barbose, Galen L., Forrester, Sydney, O’Shaughnessy, Eric, and Darghouth, Naïm R. 2021. "Residential Solar-Adopter Income and Demographic Trends: 2021 Update". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/1775422. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1775422.
@article{osti_1775422,
title = {Residential Solar-Adopter Income and Demographic Trends: 2021 Update},
author = {Barbose, Galen L. and Forrester, Sydney and O’Shaughnessy, Eric and Darghouth, Naïm R.},
abstractNote = {The report describes income, demographic, and other socio-economic trends among U.S. residential rooftop solar adopters. The report is based on data for roughly 1.9 million residential rooftop solar systems installed through 2019, representing 82% of all U.S. systems. With its unique size, geographic scope, and level of detail, this report is intended to serve as a foundational reference document for policy-makers, industry stakeholders, and researchers. Key findings include the following: -Solar adopters generally skew towards higher incomes, though that trend continues to diminish over time. -Solar adopter incomes vary considerably and encompass many low-to-moderate income (LMI) households. -Solar-adopter incomes are consistently higher for systems paired with battery storage, for host-owned systems, and for systems installed on single-family homes. -Solar adopters differ from the broader U.S. population in terms of a variety of other demographic and socioeconomic measures. -State-level comparisons indicate that solar-adopters tend to live in neighborhoods with relatively high non-Hispanic White and Asian populations, and with relatively low Hispanic and Black populations.},
doi = {10.2172/1775422},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1775422}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2021},
month = {4}
}