Access Solar

While the price tag of solar has fallen nearly 50% in the past five years, front-loaded installation costs mean that solar energy is still out of reach for many. While federal and state incentives have helped to overcome this barrier, they have largely been directed to single family homeowners. As clean energy technologies become more widespread, it’s important that the benefits are shared by all members of our community.

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Resources:

Toward a Climate Justice Energy Platform: Democratizing Our Energy Future

Policy Applications of the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map

Our Power Plan (Climate Justice Alliance)

Energy, Economics, and the Environment: Effects on African Americans (American Association of Blacks in Energy)

Big Energy has tried to turn people of color against solar power since forever (Grist)

Equitable Electrification

Solar with Justice: Strategies for Powering Up Under-Resourced Communities and Growing an Inclusive Solar Market (CESA)

Just Energy Toolkit

Principles of Energy Democracy

Building Community Capacity for Energy Democracy (Democracy Collaborative)

Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution and Creating Jobs (NAACP)

What is Energy Democracy? (Center for Social Inclusion)

Reversing Energy System Inequity:  Urgency and Opportunity During the Clean Energy Transition

Disparities in rooftop photovoltaics deployment in the United States by race and ethnicity

Affordable Clean Energy for All (Northwest SEED)

Low Income Solar Policy Guide (GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar, Center for Social Inclusion)

Developing solar projects for low income ratepayers in Oregon (Street Roots)

From Power To Empowerment: Plugging Low Income Communities Into The Clean Energy Economy (Groundswell)

Responsible Minerals Sourcing for Renewable Energy (Earthworks)

Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes

Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives

Pacific Northwest Tribes Renewable Energy

To inform our work, we are actively recruiting for board members that understand and represent the priorities of marginalized and low-income communities. We are looking for support to increase our institutional understanding and capacity for creative and empowering decision making which reflects the urgency and importance of climate justice. Interested in learning more?

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