Planning for Equitable Solar Deployment with Electric Cooperatives

Gabriel Chan, Matthew Grimley, Jamison Stallman, Joshua Anderson, Mark Teklinski, Sara Farrar (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


The goal of the study was to understand how electric cooperatives can design equitable solar photovoltaic (PV) projects consistent with the goals of their organizations. To understand the possibilities for equitable solar deployment, the project team carefully defined cross-subsidy by delving into the multi-level structure of electric cooperatives. Understanding that utilities and analysts apply different cost-categorization perspectives was key to developing a transparent analytic model that traces the economic value flows of new solar PV projects across the tiers of a cooperative system.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Number of pages37
StatePublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

Work performed by University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-7A40-90024


  • co-ops
  • electric cooperatives
  • equity
  • subsidy


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