How Solar+Storage Could Protect Multifamily Affordable Housing from Power Outages at Little or No Net Cost
This report, Resilience for Free, shows that solar+storage systems can reduce costs and increase power resiliency in multifamily affordable housing. The report contains the first public analysis about whether it is economical to install solar+storage in affordable housing—making a strong case for greater public and private support for solar+storage development in affordable housing to serve critical public needs.
This work suggests that battery storage is the emerging third generation of clean energy technologies for affordable housing in the country— following investments made in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
With the right market structures and incentives, solar+storage systems can provide an economic return while making affordable housing energy resilient by powering critical loads like common area lighting, water, and communications—protecting vulnerable residents at little to no net cost: resilience for free.