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Bringing solar to communities

Can Solar Help to Accelerate Climate Justice?

Millions of lower-income Americans have been unable to take advantage of solar, but they need the benefits of clean energy now more than ever. Lower-income households spend an average of 8.2 percent of their income on energy bills — about three times more than moderate- to high-income households. Black and brown people are disproportionately exposed to environmental …

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Inflation Reduction Act

Celebrating The Inflation Reduction Act

The HBCU Clean Energy Initiative celebrates the passing of the historic Inflation Reduction Act with over 360B designated for clean energy investments.  While much of the money is allocated towards broad change at an industry level, like building more solar and wind power, there are three ways the bill incentivizes consumers to make greener choices.  …

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Solar panels can increase the value of your home

Five Reasons Why Solar is a Good Investment

You’re looking at your electricity bill, and it just keeps getting higher every month. You’ve tried to cut back on the AC; you only use your dishwasher twice a week and unplug appliances when not in use. And yet, the bills keep getting higher.   You’ve thought about getting solar, but you’re worried about the upfront …

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Environmental equity

How New Infrastructure Bill Can Increase Environmental Equity

The recently passed legislation known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could have far-reaching positive effects on lower-income families. The bill allocates an estimated 1.2 trillion dollars to improve roads, bridges, transportation, green energy, water management, internet access, and jobs. However, what does that mean for people living in neighborhoods and cities that have …

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HBCU Green Fund

Helping HBCUs Make Campuses More Energy Efficient as reported in Prism Reports With the consequences of climate change growing more dire every year, the need to remove barriers to environmentally-sustainable lifestyles has become increasingly urgent, especially for Black people. As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report details, sea levels will continue to rise …

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Greensboro Homeowners Share Their Own Solar Savings Stories

As discussed in our previous blog, The Clean Energy Initiative CEI recently participated in the Greensboro Solar Cares Conference in North Carolina.  Stakeholders were convened, such as community leaders, residents, and local and federal government representatives, to continue conversations on advancing environmental and economic equity through residential clean energy programs.  As Henry Golatt (Co-director of …

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Virtual Discussion Series on Investing Opportunities in the Clean Energy Sector

With Congress’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and continued progress on the Build Back Better Act, the United States will usher historic levels of funding and investment in clean energy and climate technologies. Governments at all levels – federal, state, and local – as well as partners from academia and the private sector will be …

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No Home Left Behind: Greensboro Solar CARES Project

Written by Janelle Martin We can no longer afford to ignore the energy burden conversation, especially as it relates to underserved populations in the United States. Many families are challenged with paying their energy bills every month–constantly having to choose between basic essentials like getting food, buying medication, or keeping their lights on–and North Carolinians …

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