CESA Workshop for State Officials: Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is offering a special opportunity for state officials to participate in a full-day workshop on low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 14th, and is only open to state employees. Workshop attendees who request travel support will receive reimbursement covering most or all of their travel and hotel costs.

The workshop will examine the challenges states face in promoting LMI solar and will highlight ideas for overcoming those challenges. Participants will engage leading experts and peers from across the country in discussions on such topics as financing, using community solar to advance solar for LMI households, LMI solar+storage as a strategy to reduce lifecycle costs, and harnessing existing poverty and housing programs for solar. The workshop will help state officials identify and plan appropriate strategies for LMI solar for their particular state. Read an agenda here

State employees from any state are welcome to apply to attend the workshop. We encourage small teams of two to four people to apply. A team can include officials from different agencies within a state or representatives of municipalities or NGOs with which the state proposes to work. However, each individual must apply individually. Please submit completed applications by close of business on Friday, March 10th. Applications submitted after March 10th will be reviewed, but only on a rolling basis until the workshop has been filled.

This workshop is being conducted through CESA’s Sustainable Solar Education Project, which provides information and educational resources to state and municipal officials on strategies to ensure distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and accessible for LMI households. The Sustainable Solar Education Project is managed by CESA and is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals program. 

Contact CESA Project Director Nate Hausman by phone at (802)223-2554 x206 or by email at nate@cleanegroup.org if you have any questions.  


State Planning to Bring Solar to Low- and Moderate-Income Residents

Workshop Agenda





Agenda overview and project overview


9:30-10:30am—State Presentations

Each state team presents on solar and LMI context

Any LMI-specific goals the state has

Main challenges and obstacles to LMI solar adoption in the state

What LMI solar work the state has already done and plans for promoting LMI solar adoption

Any other information that’s relevant




10:45-12:15pm—Guided Topical Breakout Discussions

Attendees break into groups by topic with a discussion leader with each team—financing for LMI solar, using community solar to advance solar for LMI households, LMI solar+storage as a strategy to reduce lifecycle costs, and harnessing existing poverty and housing programs for solar.

Discussion leaders present promising practices in each topic area

Groups discuss program design elements (stakeholders, existing resources, impediments) Groups discuss specific state challenges related to the topic area


12:15 -1pm—Lunch


1-2:30pm—Market Segmentation, Coalition-Building, Promotion, and Administration for LMI Solar Programs Discussion

Research needs and market segmentation Partnerships and coalition building Program marketing and promotion

Administrative and operational challenges and solutions


2:30-3:30pm—States Generate Ideas for Next Steps

Using a worksheet as a guide and information gathered during the breakout sessions, attendees work in small groups to generate and refine ideas for LMI solar adoptio

At the end of the session, states report on progress and next steps




3:45-4:30pm—LMI Solar Resources & Training

LMI solar resources and training opportunities presentation

Discussion about what other resources and training would be helpful to develop



Additional issues and action items




Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:00am