New push to target low-income communities for solar projects

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – At least half of a new community solar program will be targeted to low- and moderate-income populations that have been largely left out of the huge growth in renewable energy over the past decade.

Details of the new three-year pilot program, published yesterday in the New Jersey Register, show that 40 percent of the capacity of the pilot will be allocated to low- and moderate-income projects; another 10 percent will be set aside for low-income community projects.

The initiative is aimed at giving access to solar energy to populations previously excluded from using the technology to power their homes whether because they could not afford it, were renters, or simply had shaded properties …

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