The idea of people being prevented from accessing lower-cost energy with solar because they are tenants (either as individuals or businesses) is a challenge, but it's one that can be overcome with creative and smart solutions. Still, it's an issue, as this story suggests:
Australia might lead the world for household solar energy use, but millions of people are being locked out of the benefits due to a rise in apartment living and declines in home ownership.
About 1.67 million households in Australia have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed.
In New South Wales, more than 350,000 households have solar PV systems.
But according to the 2016 census, more than 2.6 million people in the state can't access solar energy to help offset electricity bills because they are renting properties or living in an apartment block.
"It comes down to they don't own a roof to put solar on," said Mike Roberts, a solar analyst with the Australian Photovoltaic Institute and researcher at the University of NSW.