Full Title: Predevelopment Funding for LMI Solar and Storage Projects: A Case Study from New York
Author(s): Matt Ohloff
Publisher(s): Clean Energy States Alliance
Publication Date: August 26, 2023
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The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) prepared this case study to describe how New York’s state energy office, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), collaborated with community-based organizations (CBOs) while administering the state’s PON 3414 Affordable Solar and Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance Program. This program has benefitted many low-and-moderate income (LMI) residents in New York by providing equitable access to solar energy and/or energy storage. The program is flexible to the needs of CBOs representing LMI communities, ensures the benefits of the solar and/or storage projects flow to LMI residents, and provides funding for the important work of education and outreach.
This case study was developed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) as part of the Solar with Justice: Connecting States and Communities project. The Solar with Justice project aims to bring together state energy agencies (SEAs) and CBOs that are developing solar for environmental justice (EJ) communities, to create opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. This case study is one of six case studies that will be published by CESA under the Solar with Justice project, highlighting models of collaboration between CBOs and SEAs to deploy solar technologies for the benefit of environmental justice communities. The case studies can be found at https://www.cesa.org/projects/ solar-with-justice/resources.