News | Energy | 09.20.17

Bill aims for equity in access to solar

Low-income communities could benefit most from more affordable energy offered by renewable energy solutions, according to members of the Black and Latino Caucus and Green Justice Coalition supporting the legislation that will give access to solar energy incentives similar to wealthier home owners.

At an information session this week on Beacon Hill, Mariama White-Hammond explained how low-income residents are often blocked from taking advantage of solar energy measures due to reasons such as credit score requirements or the 2016 cut to financial support that otherwise could help offset initial costs of setting up a solar energy producing system.

White-Hammond noted that the new solar legislation is the first environmental bill to be sponsored by the Black and Latino Caucus, that that she hopes it leads to more collaboration.

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