On January 23, 2024, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on supporting successful solar plus storage deployment serving low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

SETO requests feedback from industry, state, territory, Tribal, local government agencies, utilities, nonprofit organizations, solar developers and installers, solar industry organizations, subscriber management organizations, community-based organizations, financial institutions, philanthropic organizations, academia, research laboratories, advocacy organizations, community action agencies, consumer protection organizations, environmental justice organizations, community members, and other stakeholders. Feedback should be related to successfully deploying distributed solar and related technologies through industry, government, and utility-led programs designed to serve low-income and disadvantaged communities. 

The goal of this RFI is to collect input on the greatest challenges to successful solar deployment and equitable distribution of its benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities amongst a wide variety of stakeholders. The RFI also seeks feedback on what types of coordination, tools, and resources will be needed for stakeholders to meet department and administration priorities related to equitable access to solar and equitable distribution of its benefits nationwide.

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Additional Information

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to equitablesolar@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on February 23, 2024. 

Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 7 pages in length, 12-point font, 1-inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify your answers by responding to a specific question or topic if applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

Respondents are requested to provide the following information at the start of their response to this RFI:

  • Company / institution name.
  • Company / institution contact. 
  • Contact's address, phone number, and e-mail address.

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. A response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed. 

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