White House Announces Plan to Expand Solar Power Capacity in Lower-Income Communities

The White House has unveiled plans to significantly expand U.S. solar capacity over the next several years. Under the initiative, the capacity of solar power and other renewable energy systems installed in federally-subsidized housing would be tripled by the year 2020. It would also make it easier for homeowners to obtain financing for home solar installations and seek to increase renter access to solar technologies.

During a conference call with reporters, President Obama’s senior advisor on climate issues Brian Deese said that the move represents,

“part of a bigger picture effort to try to drive innovation [in renewable energy].”

The administration also announced $520 million in commitments from municipalities and private entities to fund solar and renewable energy projects in lower-income communities.

 

Read more here – “White House Solar Plan Aims at Low- and Middle-Income Communities,” (Julie Davis, The New York Times).

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