Clean energy shouldn't just be for the wealthy, and as prices decrease and demand rises, it doesn't have to be. Nonprofits GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar, and the Center for Social Inclusion have created a policy guide to help governments and companies to get solar to low-income households.
CleanTechnica staffer Glenn Myers says this Low-Income Solar Policy Guide is the first road map that shows how national policies could provide solar access to the 22 million owner-occupied households currently at or below 80% of the area median income. It looks at both policy models and proven policies examples, such as California's SASH and MASH programs for single-family and multifamily households and Colorado's Community Solar Garden Act.
“To combat climate change and reduce air pollution, all our communities need affordable and extensive access to renewable energy,” said California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León. “Early policy efforts in California like the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program proved that we can unlock solar access for our most disadvantaged communities. This policy guide shows a path forward to extend this access to low-income residents, renters, and homeowners across America.”