Upper Peninsula Solar Technical Assistance Resource Team (UPSTART)

Upper Peninsula Solar Technical Assistance Resource Team (UPSTART)


Houghton, MI

Powering community solar in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Team Information
Team Lead
John Barnett
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Project Description
Project / Program Description

UPSTART will partner with the Village of L’Anse, Michigan to design an innovative community solar program to enhance local low-to-moderate income (LMI) households’ access to solar energy. The program utilizes innovative access to technical assistance expertise to lower the program planning cost and incorporates tax-exempt lease purchase (TELP) agreements and income qualified lease agreement structures to reduce barriers to LMI households’ participation. The program strives to facilitate 50 kW community solar project by the end of the competition period which will help to lower households’ energy burden and drive solar job growth.