Golden Opportunity: Affordable Housing in the Solar Metropolis

Golden Opportunity: Affordable Housing in the Solar Metropolis

J.R. DeShazo, Michael Kadish, Alex Turek

This report is intended to be a resource for policymakers, affordable housing developers, economic development planners, solar photovoltaic installers, utility planners, environmental justice advocates and anyone interested in the equitable development of solar power in Los Angeles County. Section 2 of the report reviews past, current and future solar for affordable housing rebate programs in California. Section 3 previews the capacity and benefit potential of solar for affordable housing in Los Angeles County, including the total rooftop solar potential, the utility bill savings potential for property owners and residents, the external investment potential from state solar rebate programs, and the job growth and job training potential. Section 4 showcases solar workforce development as a primary co-benefit of solar for affordable housing rebate programs and offers strategies to maximize its impact. Finally, Section 5 identifies policy barriers limiting certain jurisdictions’ ability to maximize the benefits of solar for affordable housing, namely the unavailability of virtual net metering in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power territory and other municipally owned utilities.