The White House has recently announced its intentions to make renewable solar energy a more viable option for owners or renters of low income housing. Part of a larger initiative to strengthen the state of renewable energy, this goal involves increasing the use of solar energy in federally subsidized homes by three times the amount Read the full article…
The White House has recently announced its intentions to make renewable solar energy a more viable option for owners or renters of low income housing. Part of a larger initiative to strengthen the state of renewable energy, this goal involves increasing the use of solar energy in federally subsidized homes by three times the amount currently used. More specifically, according to Clean Technica, the Obama Administration’s goal is to equip federally subsidized housing with 300 megawatts of clean, environmentally friendly energy.
According to a statement issued by the White House, “the executive actions and private sector commitments that we are announcing today will help continue to scale up solar for all Americans, including those who are renters, lack the startup capital to invest in solar, or do not have adequate information on how to transition to solar energy.”
Part of this endeavor, according to Clean Technica, will include dramatically increasing not only education surrounding solar energy, but also the number of job opportunities available in the solar energy industry. To do so, the Obama administration will provide financial support through the AmeriCorps program to improve solar energy infrastructure for Americans living in currently underprivileged communities.
This plan was first announced by the government’s climate issues adviser, Brian Deese, and the Democratic Representative of Baltimore, Elijah E. Cummings. According to the New York Times, “Mr. Cummings said that he routinely received calls at his congressional office from constituents who could not pay all their utility bills. He said the programs would not only help the planet, but also save money for those who could not otherwise gain access to renewable energy.”
The government’s decision has been backed by numerous outside entities. According to the New York Times, more than $500 million has been raised to support the expansion of solar energy and other forms of renewable energy in underprivileged sectors of the country. The investors for this initiative are diverse, including cities, states, and charities.
The White House intends to put its renewable energy plans into practice with brisk efficiency, aiming to meet its goal to triple the capacity of solar energy infrastructure of federally subsidized homes by the year 2020.