NRECA’s project, Achieving Cooperative Community Equitable Solar Sources (ACCESS), will research how to make solar energy affordable for communities with fewer financial resources and extend the benefits of solar development to low-and moderate-income (LMI) consumers. The project will explore and amplify the use of innovative, cost-effective energy access programs to serve co-ops’ consumer members in need, particularly the LMI communities.
How ACCESS Works
Exploring a combination of financial models and program designs
ACCESS will research three (3) financing mechanisms and six (6) program designs, including engagement strategies, to identify effective solutions for small utilities in achieving solar program participation by LMI consumers. These solutions may include various sized solar applications, integration with technologies such as battery storage and energy efficiency, and philanthropic partnerships.