Advancing Small Business Solar Equity Final Technical Insights Report

Matt Kazinka, Aaron Backs, Diana McKeown, William Weber, Jr., Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The Advancing Small Business Solar Equity: Final Technical Insights Report represents the culmination of two years of work in participation with Round 3 of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN). SEIN Round 3, titled "Equitable Solar in Underserved Communities," supported eight underserved communities across the United States in "exploring new approaches to the equitable adoption of solar energy in residential and commercial-scale settings" and in "confronting the solar barriers they face and unlocking the solar benefits most relevant to their own contexts" (National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2023). This project was one of four selected to support solar access for commercial entities in underserved communities. The research conducted for this report was done within the Minnesota Twin Cities geographic context, but certain findings and the proposed Solar Hub Network model may be found applicable nationally. Community-based organizations that serve small businesses, chambers of commerce, community development finance institutions and other community lenders, municipal governments, solar incentive providers, solar industry professionals, and others may find elements of this report useful.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Lake Street Council, Great Plains Institute, and William Weber Consultants, Minneapolis, Minnesota

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-89510


  • equity
  • human-centered design
  • Lake Street Council
  • Minnesota
  • rooftop solar
  • SEIN
  • small business
  • solar
  • Solar Energy Innovation Network
  • solar hub network
  • Twin Cities


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