Shake Energy Collaborative, a benefit corporation energy developer, sought technical assistance from the NCSP in designing, valuing and financing a green community space underneath community solar canopies on a property in California. Pale Blue Dot, a third-party technical assistance provider for the NCSP, produced a report which analyzes the property, devises a concept and proposes a design for the solar panel array which maximizes the amount of PV on the site while allowing for dual uses: a parking area and a community garden or recreation space. Pale Blue Dot also estimated a budget for financing the project.
The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission requested technical assistance to support its Community Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) RFP process. In particular, the PUC wanted to understand options for low- and moderate-income eligibility guidelines and verification procedures. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed a memo explaining two options and their tradeoffs. For one option, focusing efforts geographically, Berkeley Lab created a map of the islands highlighting areas with high concentrations of low- and moderate-income households.
The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department received technical assistance to understand best practices on community solar and community solar-adjacent program designs to support low-income participation. The organizations were interested in learning about stakeholder perspectives on different program designs. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory created memos on these topics for both organizations; in addition, NREL provided information on solutions to cross-subsidization concerns.