Equitable Access to Community Solar: Program Design and Subscription Considerations

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Over 2.7 GWac community solar has been installed in the U.S. as of 2020, and 44% (1.2 GWac ) were installed after 2018, which indicates a fast-growing segment of the solar market .Community solar refers to a system that allows customers to subscribe part of a solar PV system and receive credit on their electricity bills based on power production. Although the growth of community solar market makes accessing solar energy easier, low and moderate income (LMI) potential subscribers may still face challenges, such as no or low credit scores.To investigate the program designs and subscription considerations for LMI customers, we provide a summary of existing state-level low-income community solar policies, as well as estimated LMI capacity and subscribers in the U.S.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A20-79548


  • community solar
  • low-income
  • solar policy


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