Everyone deserves access to clean energy — especially those living in disadvantaged communities. Lower-income Americans are more susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change. Many are already affected by urban pollution, extended power outages due to extreme weather events, and health hazards from living disproportionately closer to dirty coal plants. This makes clean energy access for low-income Americans not just an issue of economics, but an issue of justice, as well.
One option is to expand the use of Community Solar Garden (CSG)
programs. CSGs are communally-owned solar installations that sell power
to local utilities, providing credits to their investors’ residential
electricity bills. CSGs can deliver cheaper energy through economies of
scale and do not require rooftop installation, making them a valuable
option for renters.