Reducing Energy Burden with Solar: Colorado's Strategy and Roadmap for States

Jeffrey Cook, Monisha Shah

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) recently implemented a multi-pronged strategy to reduce energy burden for low-income (LI) Colorado residents through the deployment of solar electricity generation. Due to these efforts, approximately 20 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar may be deployed in Colorado by the end of 2019 specifically for low-income households. Relying on interviews with ten subject-matter experts and other research, this report outlines the details of the CEO strategy including why the agency pursued this strategy, how it was carried out, and lessons learned from implementation. Though CEO's strategy is unique and tailored to the needs of Colorado, it is possible that other states might learn from CEO's experiences when designing their own LI strategies. As a result, the report concludes by outlining six primary steps for designing a comprehensive low-income solar strategy.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2018

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-70965


  • community solar
  • distributed generation
  • energy burden
  • low income
  • solar
  • WAP
  • weatherization


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