Of course, cost can certainly be a challenge, depending on how you do it. One piece of good news came out recently in terms of financial assistance from PG&E. (Click here for the PG&E website on this). (By the way, the little picture above is from the PG&E website, and it sows a house with solar panels - the house does not need solar panels to get the money - don't be worried about that picture).
Basically, PG&E is offering to put in batteries for free, for customers who need them for medical reasons, or who live in low-income residential housing. We have mentioned on this blog several times the close connection between improving our environment and social equity concerns, and this is a great opportunity to address both in a meaningful way.
PG&E also requires that the home be located in a Tier 2 or Tier 3 fire zone, and, looking at the CPUC map, almost all of Fairfax is in one of these two zones.
These batteries help with climate by helping people to ride through power outages without relying on gas generators, which burn fossil fuels.
The Town of Fairfax would greatly benefit if everyone living here in who qualifies gets one of these grants. The CAC is just a bunch of volunteers, but we will try to help people who need it, to get access to this money.
And, either way, please sign up for MCE Deep Green, which is the single most impactful and least expensive thing we can do in the immediate time-frame, to drive down our collective emissions.
Thank you all!