Capture renters, single family homes, and mobile homes

EJ and frontline organizations should determine the types of renewable installations and energy efficient upgrades that should be prioritized in the policy depending on the housing demographics and needs of their communities.

Policy recommendations

EJ and frontline organizations should determine the types of renewable installations and energy efficient upgrades that are prioritized in the policy dependent on the housing demographics of their communities.

  • Renters: Catering to renters and tenants is often appropriate for communities in dense urban areas with high renter constituents.
    • Advocates need to design policies to fit the unique characteristics of publicly supported rental homes and account for cases where renters are not responsible for paying bills. For example, master-metered affordable housing, which comprises approximately 55% of affordable housing nationally.
    • Advocates should consider community solar model, virtual net metering, or Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).
    • In the Vision for Community Solar: A Roadmap for 2030, “There are 50 million (43 percent—or nearly half) households across the country that are considered low-to-moderate income. Community solar provides the flexibility to deliver clean energy access to all low-to-moderate income (LMI) customers, including renters and multifamily housing—of which LMI households are more likely to occupy.”[1]
  • Single family homes: Typically catered to EJ communities in rural, “sub-rural,” or “sub-urban” areas. Model may be net metering or CCA.
  • Mobile homes: The clean tech industry has not often targeted mobile homes in policies. However, many low-income communities reside in mobile homes. California is considering policies to target energy efficiency for mobile homes.

100% regenerative policies should include anti-displacement and anti-gentrification policy components. If there are improvements to buildings and communities due to the development of renewable energy, the policy should ensure that:

  • Rents are not raised
  • Anti-displacement provisions are included (see Advance Anti-Displacement and Anti-Gentrification section)

Examples

References

  1. Vision for Community Solar: A Roadmap for 2030.” Vote Solar. Accessed 26 Jul. 2019.