National Community Solar Partnership Multifamily Affordable Housing Portfolio Screening Approach

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Community solar offers multiple benefits to providers and residents of multifamily affordable housing (MFAH), including access to affordable renewable energy for low- and moderate-income households, tax credits and other financial benefits for property owners, and increased community resilience when paired with energy storage. Even so, MFAH providers interested in realizing these benefits may need support to identify where to start or how to expand and accelerate solar deployment across their property portfolios once they have completed their first few installations. This fact sheet describes a portfolio screening approach for MFAH providers to evaluate their multi-state building portfolios for community solar project viability. The approach was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of its support for the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) MFAH Collaborative. By utilizing NREL's companion Policy Screening Workbook in conjunction with the web-based tools PVWatts® Calculator and REopt™ (Renewable Energy Integration and Optimization), MFAH providers can take a data-informed approach to identifying and prioritizing buildings in their portfolios that are most amenable to community solar development.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A20-81206


  • community solar
  • low income solar
  • multifamily housing


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