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- Jason Edens
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RREAL has forged a new nationally relevant, scalable model of energy assistance: Community Solar for Community Action (CS4CA). Rather than simply paying low-income families’ energy bills annually, RREAL is proving that shared solar is a fiscally responsible and environmentally appropriate alternative to conventional, fossil-fuel based energy assistance. Our program leverages the nationwide energy assistance program to rapidly scale low-income solar across all utilities and regulatory landscapes. Energy assistance serves 96% of counties in the United States and is serving LMI populations in partnership with utilities. By integrating solar energy into this vast and effective service delivery network, we can rapidly and broadly scale low-income solar and demonstrate a funding mechanism that is not dependent on an ephemeral tax credit. Our project will demonstrate this model by deploying more than 200 kW of 100% low-income shared solar integrated into the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe tribal energy assistance program.
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RREAL just had a ribbon cutting for the first 100% low-income shared solar array in Minnesota and on tribal lands. Check out an article about the installation here: http://www.startribune.com/leech-lake-solar-garden-is-first-in-nation-linked-to-energy-assistance-program/441815673/
And another update about an award we received from the BDR Fund for the project: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/09/bdr-fund-award-winner-rreal-brings-energy-empowerment-minnesota-tribal-community/
Thank you to everyone that helped make this project possible. Next steps for us: similar projects in Vermont and Arizona.
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