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Low-Income Solar Policy Guide

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

There are many effective policy tools for supporting solar adoption among consumers at large, and nearly all of them help expand low-income access to solar power to some extent. However, fully enabling low-income solar participation requires policies and programs that are specifically designed to address the unique barriers faced by these communities. This guide provides an overview of those barriers, as well as underlying principles for successful programs, existing policy tools that can be used to create programs, and examples of state and local models that have successfully improved access.

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Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
In rapidly growing swaths of the country, installing rooftop solar power can save customers money. In early 2016, the one-millionth American home installed solar, with another 3 million homes projected for the next five years.

Rewiring the Northwest’s Energy Infrastructure paints a picture of an integrated energy system in Oregon and Washington that, by 2040, is among the most sustainable and resilient in the world. At the same time, that 2040 energy system will be beneficial and affordable to the people that will pay for it: rich, middle-class, and lower-income people alike, as well as institutions, communities, and businesses big and small.

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Energy Democracy – Community Innovation in Boston

Monday, August 27th, 2012
Figure 1: Community Innovations in Boston (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Communities of color have been environmental activists for decades. These are communities most often victimized by poor environmental planning, regulations, and decision­‐making. In the last twenty years, communities of color in the Boston area have united and won a Boston­‐wide plan to run buses on cleaner burning fuel, stopped a diesel fueled power plant from being located across from the only elementary school in the diverse Chelsea neighborhood, and ended illegal dumping of trash and toxic materials in abandoned lots throughout the communities of Roxbury and Dorchester.

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The Promise & Challenge of Community Broadband Models

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

While most of us have access to broadband, more than 28 million Americans today live in areas where Internet access is not available. Communities of color bear the brunt of this digital exclusion even as broadband Internet technologies become more crucial to our nation’s social and economic development. With access to broadband affecting more and more aspects of our lives, digital exclusion creates additional barriers to opportunity and sustainable livelihoods for people already constrained by their race, gender and geography.

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