Date Published: July 2016Print ShareThis
The goal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Planning and Development Renewable Energy Toolkit for Affordable Housing is to enable recipients of HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) grants to integrate renewable energies into their affordable housing development programs under the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for People with AIDs (HOPWA), or Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) programs. Integration of renewable energy into affordable housing is important because it maintains affordability through reduced energy costs, which can facilitate improved operations and maintenance.
In addition, renewable energy has significant, beneficial effects on reducing the impacts of climate change. Renewable energy provides a low-to-no carbon pollution energy source that is necessary if we hope to reduce the impacts of human-caused climate change on our environment. As part of The President’s Climate Action Plan, HUD and other federal agencies have pledged to add 300 megawatts of renewable energy on federally-subsidized affordable housing by 2020. This toolkit exists to support these efforts.