Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Obama offers solar for low-income homes if NJ approves

Hoping to increase access to solar energy, particularly for low- and moderate-income families, the Obama administration yesterday announced an initiative to develop community-based solar projects, Tom Johnson reports today in NJ Spotlight
The concept, already adopted by some states, aims to provide solar power to the nearly 50 percent of households in the United States that rent or do not have adequate roof space or enough capital to install renewable-energy systems. The initiative also applies to small businesses.
These types of community-based programs do not exist in New Jersey and would require legislative action to be set up, according to solar executives. The state has more than 35,000 solar systems installed, most of them rooftop arrays on single-family homes and businesses.

The effort could be aided by more than $560 million in independent commitments from philanthropic and other investors, as well as from states and cities looking to promote community solar, according to the administration.

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