Community Solar is Helping Build the Just Energy System We Need

Community Solar is Helping Build the Just Energy System We Need

Why do we need to talk about social justice when we talk about how our energy is produced? In short: pollution and economic inequality. The bad news is that the Trump Administration plans to close the Office of Environmental Justice, which for more than 20 years has been working to address these issues. But there’s hope. New ways of getting even more clean, solar power built are taking hold. In this article we’ll explore why we need a just energy system and how community solar offers an exciting new way for households to get involved, helping accelerate the transition to a renewable energy grid and displacing the energy from dirty fossil fuel plants.
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Can solar save the bees and reclaim polluted land?

Can solar save the bees and reclaim polluted land?

In 2010, Colorado was one of the first states to pass legislation to encourage shared renewable energy projects. In developing this new, more accessible renewable energy model, Colorado’s leadership set the standard for other states. Today, there are 25 states with at least one community solar project in queue. Furthermore, more than twelve states and D.C. have promoted community solar through policies, legislation and incentives. In the next five years, community solar will contribute 1.6 gigawatts to the grid (as of 2014, community solar accounted for just 66 megawatts of additional power). By 2020, community solar will more than double solar capacity in the U.S. Along with this tremendous growth, some solar developers are finding new environmental benefits from community solar gardens by recovering polluted lands and making new homes for pollinator-friendly wildflowers.
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