The White House Announces New Initiative To Bring Solar Energy To Low-, Middle-Income Communities

July 7, 2015  |  

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The White House has announced new measures that will bring solar energy, one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy, to low-income and middle-income communities, including to those who rent.

One piece of the initiative is the “community solar” project which will use one solar facility to provide a number of homes with power. “It also includes a pledge to install a total of 300 megawatts of solar and other renewables in federally subsidized housing developments by the year 2020 (each megawatt represents roughly enough solar to power 164 homes),” reports The Washington Post.

Heretofore, solar energy has been something that companies and the affluent have been able to take advantage of. Even with the prices coming down, low-income Americans haven’t had the resources to reap the benefits of solar energy (which include lower energy bills). And those who rent can’t install solar panels even if they wanted to because they don’t own the building.

With this, the use of solar energy can spread. This will help the US to live up to the promise President Obama made in Brazil recently: Americans will triple the amount of solar energy it uses by 2020. There will also be $520 million in financial investment from various sources, including the private sector and charities. A National Community Solar Partnership made up of reps from the Department of Energy, state agencies and private companies is being established. And the White House would like to train 75,000 solar workers for this growing industry, which means jobs.

Solar power is on the rise. How high on your list of topics of importance is renewable energy?

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