Poor deserve piece of solar energy pie, too

Thursday, October 8, 2015

As excerpted from the Sacramento Bee. 

When I walk through southeast Los Angeles, I see dozens of apartment buildings that could be transformed into hot spots of renewable energy generation. These affordable housing units – home to thousands of renters and with their large, flat roofs – have a huge untapped potential.
So I welcome Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing Thursday of Assembly Bill 693 by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, which will create the nation’s single largest investment in solar for low-income renters in history. The Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program includes a dedicated funding source of $100 million per year to install solar panels on multifamily affordable housing units, and would direct the savings back to low-income renters.