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Solar Energy for All

Clean energy belongs to us all, but unequal access to resources like solar, a key part of our renewable energy future, show us we have a long way to go. Clean Water Action is fighting to ensure all communities have access to renewable power and the green economy.

Many residents, as many as eight out of ten, cannot host solar on their own roof.

Community solar can help solve the problem. What’s community solar? It’s simple: if you rent, if you lack adequate credit, you can sign up to be part of a project off-site that helps you cut down your utility bill. Instead of sending power from your roof to the grid, you "sign up" with a series of panels on a large roof or in a large field.

Unfortunately, state legislative changes in 2016 cut compensation for community solar while leaving compensation for small rooftop projects intact, effectively legislating inequality by making it even harder for those who already faced barriers to “go green” and save money. Under this policy framework, communities like Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Fall River and Worcester with a high density of renters and low-income residents, lose out.

Clean Water Action and the Green Justice Coalition are pushing Governor Baker to make solar energy accessible to low income people through the Department of Energy Resources’ solar program. We’re also working to pass two bills that would fix the longstanding inequities in who is allowed to benefit from solar energy. Learn more about our 2019-2020 legislative priorities.

Take action! Tell Governor Baker and your State Legislators to make solar energy accessible in low income communities.