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					Making
 Solar
  Energy
  Accessible
Fuel Poverty




Heat or Eat?
      Energy Assistance in
      Typical Heating State:
•!$100million Annually!
•! 500,000 families apply
•! 225,000 Families Served
•! Average allotment: $500
          The Future of Energy
               Assistance
                     Heating Costs




   Energy Assistance
Availability of
Fossil Fuels
                         Families in
                          Need of
                         Assistance
        Needs a
   Breakthrough idea!
   Part of the




SOLUTION!
         Solar Assistance




Solar Heat for Low-income Families
   on Public Energy Assistance
Solar Assistance:
Solar Heat for Low Income Families




     Helping families move from
    impoverished to empowered.
Solar Assistance
Statewide Solar Heat for Low-Income Families

                                                                                    	
  
                                                          “	
  We’re	
  really	
  happy	
  with	
  the	
  
                                                       system,	
  and	
  like	
  how	
  it	
  looks	
  on	
  the	
  
                                                                           house.”	
  
                                                               Solar	
  Assistance	
  Recipient
                                                                        	
                         	
  
“The	
  natural	
  gas	
  company	
  came	
                             	
  -­‐	
  Burl	
  and	
  Donna
out	
   to	
   my	
   house	
   because	
   my	
  
usage	
   was	
   so	
   low	
   compared	
   to	
  
my	
  neighbors!	
   	
  They	
  thought	
  my	
  
meter	
   was	
   broken,	
   but	
   it	
   was	
  
my	
  solar	
  heater	
  that	
  was	
  	
  
making	
  the	
  difference!”	
  

     Solar	
  Assistance	
  Recipient
                           	
   	
  
                -­‐	
  Norbert




Nearly 300 Low-income Families Served
Payback on Energy Assistance?




                                Excluding social benefits!
Case Study 1: Residential
   Supplemental Heat

         80% Efficient Propane Furnace
          1500 Sq Ft. House with 8’ Ceilings

            Light Construction

              2 – 4x8 High Quality Collectors


      •! 20% solar fraction
      •! 8.6 mmBtus produced by solar
      •! 10 mmBtus saved
      •! Installed cost - $5000
      •! Payback of 13 years
(2) SPF 32s •  Hung vertically and in parallel
  The Minnesota
      Model




280 More Systems in 2012
                 Nationwide:
         Project Portland to Portland




Program Replication
Technology Transfer
Energy Assistance or
 Solar Assistance?
Energy Assistance or
 Solar Assistance?
Commercial Potential
Social Enterprise as Funding

				
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