Green. Just. Profitable. Urban Ingenuity is working to bring solar financing solutions to traditionally underserved markets on a national basis.Non-profits, affordable housing, and small businesses have historically been challenging markets for solar developers, and can benefit from affordable and reliable energy.
Solar for Affordable Housing: NHT-Ingenuity Power is jointly owned by the National Housing Trust (NHT) and Urban Ingenuity (UI), with the mission of bringing affordable solar to multifamily properties and developing community solar projects benefiting low-income communities. Both UI and NHT are pioneers in developing innovative transaction structures for clean energy finance that drive more benefit to community organizations, affordable housing, and low-income residents. In 2018, NHT-Ingenuity Power installed 1.4 MW of solar PV in collaboration with affordable housing owners and non-profits in the District of Columbia and Maryland. NHT-Ingenuity Power is currently developing another 10+ megawatts of solar in partnership with several affordable housing owners and other community to stakeholders around the country.Learn more about NHT-Ingenuity Power's 1.4 MW scattered site solar project.
Resilient Solar + Storage:With specific expertise in integrating solar PV into clean energy microgrids, UI serves as a technical assistance provider to property owners and project developers seeking to add solar PV and energy storage into projects.Read more about how UI worked with Clean Energy Group to determine the technical and financial feasibility of integrating solar with an optimized battery storage system for the DC Parkway Overlook project.
UI can help identify and scope solar projects, structure financing solutions, and work with developers to get your project completed. Contact us to get started.
UI can provide a financial back end for developers: structuring capital solutions, sourcing tax equity and debt to respond to customer needs to allow you to offer PPA's, PACE secured financing or optimized direct ownership.Contact us to get started.
Investing in UI’s solar finance platform is a way to create social impact that also yields competitive returns. Contact us to learn more about investment opportunities.
National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP)
The National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP) is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every U.S. household and enable communities to realize meaningful benefits, such as reduced energy burdens, increased resilience, and workforce development. The NCSP is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiative led by the Solar Energy Technologies Office, in collaboration with NREL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Partners leverage peer networks, technical assistance, and informational resources to set goals and overcome barriers to expanding community solar access.
One way the NCSP delivers technical assistance is through collaboratives, which are groups of partners within sectors seeking to address common barriers to community solar deployment through peer exchange and support from technical experts. Convened in 2020, the MFAH Collaborative aimed to increase community solar access for MFAH residents nationwide. Thirteen MFAH providers from across the United States—with portfolios ranging in size from five buildings to more than 300—participated in the collaborative and received technical support from DOE, NREL, and partners Urban Ingenuity (UI) and Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). The phase of active engagement for the MFAH Collaborative concluded in March 2022, culminating in the publication of resources based on the work of the Collaborative to support this sector more broadly.
The UI portfolio modeling tool was developed to help MFAH providers undertake portfolio-scale solar PV projects. This tool, based on typical real estate development models, provides a framework for MFAH providers to evaluate the financial feasibility of a potential multi-state portfolio of solar PV projects. The tool is highly adaptable, developed for portfolio scale analysis while also useful for single site projects. The tool provides preliminary indicators such as project returns and savings / benefits to various partners. MFAH providers who choose to proceed with project development can use the tool to begin prioritizing candidate sites for further project scoping and to engage with finance and development partners.
For additional information and resources, please visit: Multifamily Affordable Housing Collaborative webpage on energy.govhttps://www.energy.gov/communitysolar/multifamily-affordable-housing-collaborative