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Sunday, May 8, 2016
America Has 1 Million Solar Installations. Will the Next Million Reach Low-Income Communities? | Greentech Media
In early March, America's millionth solar installation went on-line, reaching 27 gigawatts of generation capacity across all 50 states and 1 percent of U.S. electricity. This milestone marks solar energy's mainstream moment. It is also a powerful inflection point to consider how we ensure the next million installations spread solar's economic benefits to disadvantaged communities.
Solar can provide economic relief for struggling families via lower utility bills and well-paid career opportunities requiring no advanced training. The opportunity to deploy solar and create jobs in underserved communities is huge. Over 6 million affordable housing units currently exist in the U.S., and census data suggests around 22 million owner-occupied households have incomes at or below 80 percent of their area median income.