Clean Energy for All
Clean energy belongs to us all, but unequal access to resources like solar, a key part of our renewable energy future, show us we have a long way to go. Clean Water Action is fighting to ensure all communities have access to renewable power and the green economy.
Many residents, as many as eight out of ten, cannot host solar on their own roof. Community solar can help solve the problem. What’s community solar? It’s simple: if you rent, if you lack adequate credit, you can sign up to be part of a project off-site that helps you cut down your utility bill. Instead of sending power from your roof to the grid, you "sign up" with a series of panels on a large roof or in a large field located in the same general area (within your same electric company's territory).
Unfortunately, state legislative changes in 2016 cut compensation for community solar while leaving compensation for small rooftop projects intact, effectively legislating inequality by making it even harder for those who already faced barriers to “go green” and save money. Under this policy framework, communities like Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Fall River and Worcester with a high density of renters and low-income residents, lose out.
When the legislature returned to session in 2017, the Green Justice Coalition and its allies were prepared to strike back. Working with the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, and lead sponsors Sen. Chang-Díaz, Rep. Russell Holmes and Rep. Michelle Dubois, advocates launched new legislation to address inequities in solar access.