While the installation of solar panels can seriously cut a family's energy bill, the costs of installation for these panels are not in reach of many families. WIRED staffer Gregory Barber takes a look at the economic benefits that can come from switching to solar power and gives three examples of programs across the country that find a way to get solar power to those that need it the most.
One of the programs that Barber uses is in Woodland, California:
Surrounded by farmland, Woodland boasts the nation’s first affordable zero-net-energy-certified rental units, which produce as much energy as they consume—just for farm workers. The LEED Platinum complex, which opened in 2015, sends power from its solar panels to the local grid, and proceeds are credited back to each household’s utility bill.