The President’s Climate Action Plan calls for a target of 100 megawatts (mW) of installed capacity of renewable energy on-site at federally subsidized housing by 2020. Federally assisted housing includes HUD’s rental housing portfolio (Public Housing, Multifamily Assisted) and USDA’s Rural Development Multifamily Programs, as well as rental housing supported through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).
The 100 mW target aims to make use of millions of federally subsidized roofs with on-site generation potential. Due to the nature of the target, solar photovoltaic (PV) generation will be the primary renewable energy source utilized under this initiative. However, other types of renewable energy, including solar thermal, wind, geothermal, biomass, combined heat and power, and small-hydro projects, are also included.
In July of 2015, HUD and DOE announced an expansion of the goal, setting a new goal to install 300 MW of solar for low-and-moderate income housing by 2020, and broadening the goal to include community and shared solar installations.
HUD encourages organizations to make a public commitment toward the Federal Renewable Energy Target. Organizations may establish their own goals for how much renewable energy technology to install. Optional technical assistance is available for organizations that have made a commitment toward the federal renewable energy target in order to help advance solar deployment and other on-site renewable energy installations in affordable housing.
HUD is also providing technical resources, policy guidance, case studies, and other resources to assist organizations with increasing organizational capacity and installing renewable energy on federally assisted housing.
Make a commitment, request technical assistance, and view renewable energy resources on the Advancing Renewable Energy in Affordable Housing
page on the HUD Exchange.