Adapting to Serve Low-Income Residents profiles how an existing residential energy program in Duluth evolved to bring more efficient, economical and healthier homes to low-income residents in the wake of the 500-year flood of June 2012. [Applicable to 1 Star implementation.]
SolarResilient is a new sizing tool for solar PV + battery storage systems intended for buildings that form part of a city's resilience strategy to provide power for extended periods during a large scale grid power outage.
Ensure innovative and equitable delivery of energy saving and renewable energy programs to low-income residents (including mobile-home owners, among others), through coordination with non-profit organizations, the local utility, and the State Energy Office.
Assess opportunities to utilize city rights-of-way for innovative technology and systems, including distributed energy resource systems, to improve energy resiliency, in coordination with local utility companies.
Install clean energy systems for city-owned buildings and facilities, including islanding capability (with storage) for a redundant source of back-up power that can sustain function during extreme weather events.
Who's doing it
Duluth - 1 star
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Year action initially completed: 2012
The Duluth Flood Recovery Program, a partnership between Ecolibrium3, the City of Duluth, and local utilities, invested over $1,000,000 into assisting 168 low-income households recover from the June flood by making energy-efficient repairs to homes damaged.
The Grand Marais PUC, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency, Clean Energy Resource Teams, and the Cook County Local Energy Project teamed up to create an LED light bulb installation program which provides low income residents with up to 8 new LED bulbs for their homes. This program, which is ongoing, aims provides low income residents with practical energy savings by installing new LED bulbs into high-use sockets in their homes. The bulbs are ENERGY STAR rated.
Leech Lake implemented 40kW of solar energy to benefit low-income Tribal Members on the Energy Assistance Program (EAP). This project is in partnership with RREAL. We plan on constructing 4 additional 40kW solar PV arrays with all energy generation benefits passed onto EAP.
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We expect this project to benefit up to 100 households in paying energy bills. This will decrease Leech Lake's dependence on fossil fuels.