LA100 Equity Strategies. Chapter 8: Equitable Rooftop Solar Access and Benefits

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The LA100 Equity Strategies project integrates community guidance with robust research, modeling, and analysis to identify strategy options that can increase equitable outcomes in Los Angeles' clean energy transition. This chapter focuses on analysis of customer-sited rooftop solar and storage as a means to reduce electricity bills for low- and moderate-income (LMI) households, multifamily building residents, and renters, who traditionally lack access to bill savings from rooftop solar. Specifically, NREL modeled customer-sited solar and storage adoption using the Distributed Generation Market Demand (dGen™)1 model through 2035 and developed scenarios to identify programs or policies that could support equitable access to bill savings from rooftop solar or solar-plus-storage. Scenarios tested include a direct-install program for LMI customers, net metering for LMI customers, and equitable distribution of benefits from installing solar between owners and renters of renter-occupied buildings. Research was guided by input from the community engagement process, and equity strategies are presented in alignment with that guidance.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-85955


  • distributed generation market demand
  • equity
  • Los Angeles
  • low- and moderate-income households
  • rooftop solar
  • solar


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