Solar for Healthy Homes

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Team Information

Team Lead
Lisa Smith
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Project Description

Project / Program Description

Our team will develop a community solar program to fund energy efficiency upgrades for LMI homeowners. Through a partnership with Omaha Public Power District and the Nebraska Energy Office, the City of Omaha will construct a pilot 25kW solar array on a city-owned vacant lot and former brownfield. All electricity generated will be sold directly to the utility through a power purchase agreement. Based on our electrical grid, the majority of the power produced from this distributed generation site will be absorbed by the surrounding LMI residential area. All revenue generated will help fund the city's Energy Conservation/Healthy Homes program. Each year the city’s conservation program provides repairs and upgrades, up to $4,800/home, to LMI households at no cost to the homeowner, and typically assists 20-25 households per year providing an energy savings of 10-15% per household. Our program is designed to be scaled up with additional lots and larger solar arrays through financing from Energy Investment Partnerships. This scalability will increase our capacity to expand our energy conservation program and reach more households. Our program creates positive long-term impacts improving interior and environmental health. Solar and energy efficiency together are a win-win for everyone.