National nonprofits GRID Alternatives and Vote Solar have released their updated Low-Income Solar Policy Guide.
First published in 2016, the guide is an online resource to help policymakers, utilities and community leaders draw from proven strategies for expanding solar access.
New content includes as follows:
- More robust overview pages for single-family, multifamily and community solar policy, including lessons learned;
- In-depth policy guidelines and sample bill language for low-income community solar;
- New program examples from Colorado and the District of Columbia; and
- Strategies for incorporating workforce development.
“Renewable energy can drive economic growth and environmental benefits in communities most impacted by underemployment, pollution and climate change,” says Erica Mackie, CEO and co-founder of GRID Alternatives. “Collectively, we have the tools and the expertise to put solar to work cleaning the air – creating stable, well-paid jobs and generating community wealth. The time to act is now.”
“Solar delivers real benefits to families and businesses across the country by lowering utility bills, stimulating local workforces and creating a healthier environment,” adds Melanie Santiago-Mosier, program director for low-income solar access at Vote Solar. “This guide gives lawmakers, advocates and community organizations the tools to expand the benefits of solar to all communities through dedicated low-income policies and programs.”
The guide can be found here.