New Pathways for Equitable Solar Adoption in Texas

Margo Weisz, Steve Wiese, Patrice Parsons, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


As part of the SEIN Round 3 program, a diverse group of energy stakeholders in Texas set out to develop and pilot new pathways to increase rooftop solar adoption at no upfront cost to lowincome households. One potentially promising pathway we identified involved combining funding from existing utility and federal programs promoting weatherization and energy efficiency. Our objective was to demonstrate pilot projects that equitably deployed rooftop solar to properties owned or rented by families in disadvantaged communities. Our goal was to create a clear path for lowincome households to achieve electricity bill relief and to access clean energy by leveraging existing utility energy efficiency programs with existing federal resources, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and/or U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funding in Texas. This has been attempted in a few other states with varying degrees of success, but not yet in Texas.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages43
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute (TEPRI), Frontier Energy, and Texas Solar Energy Society, Austin, Texas

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-89868


  • disadvantaged communities
  • equitable solar
  • federal funding sources
  • HUD
  • low-income households
  • REopt
  • state incentives
  • underserved communities
  • utility incentives
  • WAP


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