LA100 Equity Strategies. Chapter 9: Equitable Community 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 community solar as a means to provide equitable access to local solar and storage benefits in Los Angeles. Specifically, NREL identified potential community solar sites that could host 30 kilowatts (kW)1 of solar or more and evaluated economic and equity metrics under various program design options. Analysis included a Baseline scenario (business-as-usual) and an Equity scenario, which modeled program enhancements to increase access and benefits to low-income customers. Both scenarios modeled the economics of solar and storage under the LADWP Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program (LADWP 2023b) and the LADWP Feed-in-Tariff Plus Pilot program (LADWP 2023d) compared to a community solar financial model. This research was guided by input from the community engagement process, and associated equity strategies are presented in alignment with that guidance.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-85956


  • community solar
  • equity
  • homeowners
  • Los Angeles
  • renters
  • solar
  • tariffs


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