By Erica Mackie and Adam Browning, Opinion Contributors, The Hill
In 2014, two families of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians in rural California installed rooftop solar panels to stem rising energy bills that were straining their already tight budgets.
Now, three years later, thanks to California’s innovative low-income solar incentive program, the tribe is well on its way to meeting a goal of 100 percent solar energy for the reservation’s 50 homes, including 12 that never had power at all. The tribal community has also built their own solar company, generating steady income in a community that suffered from an 80 percent unemployment rate in 2014. Continue reading.
Erica Mackie is co-founder and CEO of GRID Alternatives, America’s largest nonprofit solar installer.
Adam Browning is executive director of Vote Solar, a nonprofit working to expand solar energy nationwide.
ENERGY CONSERVATION NEWS
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Nebraska State Fair Goes Solar, Venues Today
- Removed from the land before, Ponca nation vows to protect the Earth from Keystone XL, Des Moines Register
- Ann Arbor wants to go solar in a big way to shrink carbon footprint, Michigan Live
- The Missouri House passed a proposal Wednesday that would allow manufacturing companies that use a lot of electricity to negotiate lower rates with utility providers, Associated Press
- Renewable Energy Powers Jobs For Almost 10 Million People, Bloomberg
- More Corporations Are Turning to Utilities to Source Renewable Energy, World Resources Institute. Republished by Greentech Media
- Colorado regulators seize the climate fight in landmark ruling on carbon costs: The PUC’s March decision is the first application of the federal social cost of carbon in utility planning processes, Utility Dive
- Cracking the PPA: Renewable Energy Projects and Energy Storage: Overcoming challenges associated with adding energy storage to existing solar and wind farms, Renewable Energy World
- Concrete for taller wind turbine towers passes tests, could help expand wind energy nationwide, Iowa State University News
- Electric Cars Becoming Popular As Grid Gets Greener, Climate Central