This article, titled "Building Social Justice," notes that most of our incentives for helping people install Solar energy are tax-focused. So, you have to be paying big tax bills for these incentives to make sense. And, these incentives are not relevant to lower-income people.
The article describes a few programs from around the country trying to start addressing this gap. It talks about Community Solar as one pathway towards doing so.
The Fairfax Climate Action Committee has proposed to the Fairfax Town Council that we launch a kind of Community Solar program, with seed money from the ARPA grant we will be getting. The idea behind this program is that we can spend a small amount of money (about 9% of the total grant to the Town) to create such a program targeted at beginning to address this challenge for our people.
We will be discussing this proposal, as well as a companion proposal regarding a similar amount, partially matched by Marin Water District, to help our people reduce their water consumption through various upgrades and other behavioral interventions.
We will be discussing these proposals at our next CAC meeting, next Tuesday evening.
Come let us hear from you!