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house Bill H.R. 3041

Low-Income Solar Act

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Title

Low-Income Solar Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Energy to provide loans and grants for solar installations in low-income and underserved areas.

Summary

Low-Income Solar Act This bill requires the Department of Energy to establish a loan and grant program for photovoltaic solar (a method of converting energy from the sun into electricity) installations in low-income and underserved areas for FY2016-FY2030. Loans must be provided for: (1) community solar facilities that provide solar energy to low-income households, or (2) solar installations at federally subsidized affordable housing at multi-family complexes. The community solar facilities must: (1) be owned by an organization of electricity consumers that own a share of the facility's solar electricity generation; (2) have a certain a nameplate rating (or power generation capacity), (3) be located in or near a community that uses the electricity generated by the facility, and (4) reserve at least 25% of the electricity generated for low-income households. Grants must be given for: (1) solar electricity generating facilities installed on properties of eligible, low-income home owners; or (2) new solar projects for low-income households and individuals, including the costs of equipment and job training associated with solar projects.

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      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
    IntroducedJuly 13th, 2015
    I am all for this. I am a retired veteran and I think I qualify as low income. I and many like me would really benefit from a low interest loan or a grant to install solar on our properties.
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