Affordable Clean Energy for All

While the price tag of solar has fallen nearly 50% in the past five years, front-loaded installation costs mean that solar energy is still out of reach for many. Families with lower incomes spend a higher percentage of monthly income on energy, in part because much of the affordable rental housing stock is older and does not benefit from energy efficiency or renewable energy generation. As clean energy technologies become more widespread, it’s important that the benefits are shared by all members of our community.

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Powered by Spark Northwest, the “Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) for All” program works with local stakeholders to research, design and implement a pathway for affordable solar energy in Seattle. By uniting our expertise in solar deployment with partner expertise in multifamily housing development, we will show how to lower energy costs for those most in need while increasing community resilience. Ongoing collaboration with Emerald Cities Seattle, low income housing providers, utilities, financing institutions, and foundations will inform our efforts to break down the barriers to solar energy for all. Our efforts focus on:

  • Tapping into the holistic benefits of solar deployment, including job creation, energy awareness, and community resilience
  • Reforming our community solar law to encourage solar on affordable housing
  • Creating a commercial-scale incentive for solar on multifamily housing and commercial property
  • Complementing state and federal funds for electric bill assistance with investments in efficiency and solar energy generation

If you live in affordable housing, we want to hear your clean energy stories, questions, or concerns! Please email us and let us know when and how we can reach you for a conversation.


To inform our work, we are actively recruiting for board members that understand and represent the priorities of marginalized and low-income communities. We are looking for support to increase our institutional understanding and capacity for creative and empowering decision making which reflects the urgency and importance of climate justice. Interested in learning more?

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