White House Announces New Solar Initiative

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Not so long ago in a galaxy not so far away, the Obama administration released a Climate Action Plan. This plan called for the nation to add 100 MW of solar and other renewable energy in federally subsidized housing by 2020. Naysayers nay said it couldn’t be done. Yet today the administration has commitments to install over 185 MW.  Looks like it’s time for a new plan.

Today’s announcement aims to increase access to the benefits of solar and renewables to America’s lower- and middle-income households. The 100 MW housing initiative was raised to 300 MW.

Yet the plan calls for so much more. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide technical assistance in the form of a website. New grants are available as well as a toolkit walking applicants through the process.

Furthermore, the administration is starting a National Community Solar Partnership. The focus of this program, made up of over 20 public, private, and non-profit groups, is on renters and homes that do not have access to solar.

In addition to the federal plan, cities, states, businesses, non-profits, and other groups have made their own energy and solar commitments, which we will be exploring throughout the week.