Rooftop Energy Potential of Low Income Communities in America REPLICA

The Rooftop Energy Potential of Low Income Communities in America REPLICA data set provides estimates of residential rooftop solar technical potential at the tract-level with emphasis on estimates for Low and Moderate Income LMI populations. In addition to technical potential REPLICA is comprised of 10 additional datasets at the tract-level to provide socio-demographic and market context. The model year vintage of REPLICA is 2015. The LMI solar potential estimates are made at the tract level grouped by Area Median Income AMI income tenure and building type. These estimates are based off of LiDAR data of 128 metropolitan areas statistical modeling and ACS 2011-2015 demographic data. The remaining datasets are supplemental datasets that can be used in conjunction with the technical potential data for general LMI solar analysis planning and policy making. The core dataset is a wide-format CSV file seeds_ii_replica.csv that can be tagged to a tract geometry using the GEOID or GISJOIN fields. In addition users can download geographic shapefiles for the main or supplemental datasets. This dataset was generated as part of the larger NREL-led SEEDSII Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies project and specifically for the NREL technical report titled Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States by Sigrin and Mooney 2018. This dataset is intended to give researchers planners advocates and policy-makers access to credible data to analyze low-income solar issues and potentially perform cost-benefit analysis for program design. To explore the data in an interactive web mapping environment use the NREL SolarForAll app.
2 Data Resources
Name Size Type Resource Description History
SEEDSII REPLICA Documentation.pdf 310.5 KB Document Documentation for REPLICA
Sigrin and Mooney 2018 0 KB Website NREL Technical Report. "Rooftop Solar Technical Potential for Low-to-Moderate Income Households in the United States" by Ben Sigrin and Meghan Mooney, 2018.
Solar For All app 0 KB Website Solar for All web mapping application
SEEDSII Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Study Website 0 KB Website SEEDSII Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Study Website
seeds_ii_replica.csv 136.48 MB Data SEEDS II Rooftop Energy Potential of Low Income Communities in America (REPLICA), wide format CSV file
very_low_sf_rent.zip 465.63 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for very low income (0-30% AMI) single-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
very_low_mf_rent.zip 465.68 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for very low income (0-30% AMI) multi-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
very_low_mf_own.zip 465.25 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for very low income (0-30% AMI) multi-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
very_low_sf_own.zip 465.68 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for very low income (0-30% AMI) single-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
low_sf_own.zip 465.64 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for low income (30-50% AMI) single-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
low_mf_rent.zip 465.61 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for low income (30-50% AMI) multi-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
low_sf_rent.zip 465.53 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for low income (30-50% AMI) single-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
low_mf_own.zip 465.16 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for low income (30-50% AMI) multi-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mod_sf_own.zip 465.72 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for moderate income (50-80% AMI) single-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mod_mf_own.zip 465.37 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for moderate income (50-80% AMI) multi-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mod_sf_rent.zip 465.57 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for moderate income (50-80% AMI) single-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mod_mf_rent.zip 465.64 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for moderate income (50-80% AMI) multi-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mid_mf_rent.zip 465.63 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for middle income (80-120% AMI) multi-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mid_mf_own.zip 465.42 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for middle income (80-120% AMI) multi-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mid_sf_rent.zip 465.55 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for middle income (80-120% AMI) single-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
mid_sf_own.zip 465.75 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for middle income (80-120% AMI) single-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
high_mf_own.zip 465.57 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for high income (>120% AMI) multi-family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
high_sf_rent.zip 465.56 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for high income (>120% AMI) single-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
high_mf_rent.zip 465.65 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for high income (>120% AMI) multi-family, renter-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
high_sf_own.zip 465.84 MB Archive PV rooftop technical potential estimates for high income (>120% AMI) single -family, owner-occupied housing units at the Census Tract level.
elep_hh.zip 464.64 MB Archive Average household electricity expenditures ($/month) for each income, building type, and tenure. Data derived from LEAD data.
replica_spplemental.zip 476.53 MB Archive REPLICA supplemental data layers
Author Information
Meghan Mooney, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0940-6958
Ben Sigrin, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Cite This Dataset
Mooney, Meghan; Sigrin, Ben (2018): Rooftop Energy Potential of Low Income Communities in America REPLICA. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. https://data.nrel.gov/submissions/81
About This Dataset
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10.7799/1432837
70901
Public
04/03/2018
DOE Project
Unlocking Widespread Solar Adoption Understanding Preferences of Low- to Moderate-Income Households to Create Scalable Sustainable Models
Funding Organization
Department of Energy (DOE)
Sponsoring Organization
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
Research Areas
Energy Analysis
Solar Power
Digital Object Identifier
10.7799/1432837