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August 2019

Without PPAs, none of this is possible. If the PPA cap remains at 50MW, we cannot in good conscience advise these investors to invest in solar in the Virginia QOZs, as there would be no feasible financing method once the cap is reached.

Virginia Mercury / Read Full Article


August 2019

…Clean economy projects can be designed to lower local energy costs, provide job training for the relatively high-paying jobs in the solar sector, nurture new businesses for people of color and increase community resilience…Norfolk Solar Qualified Opportunity Fund…have as part of their design a commitment to hiring local residents and providing them with job training.

GreenBiz / Read Full Article


MAy 2019

To be able to stand on the roof and watch that solar go in was just incredibly uplifting and satisfying, and one of the best experiences of my life. This was so concrete, like, 'Look, we just had a big impact.' I wanted to do more of that.

The Virginian-Pilot / Read Full Article


April 2019

Maximization for Norfolk Solar can be defined as a confluence of environmental sustainability, social change, and a modest return.

Virginia Beach Strategic Growth- The Confluence of Solar Energy, Capital Gains, and Opportunity Zones / Read Full Article


January 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted in December 2017, provides investors with new tax incentives designed to stimulate long-term private investment in designated economically distressed communities across the US known as Opportunity Zones.

UBS / Read Full Article


October 2018

Urge clean energy trade associations — including Advanced Energy EconomyAmerican Wind Energy AssociationSolar Energy Industries Association and the Alliance to Save Energy — to engage their members and create awareness of the Opportunity Zone potential for clean energy investments.

GreenBiz / Read Full Article


2018

Solar generation offsets more than 76 million metric tons of CO2 emissions each year, equivalent to taking 16.2 million vehicles off the road or planting nearly 2 billion trees.

Solar Energy Industries Association / Read Full Article


January 2018

Affordability can be a barrier to going solar, but there are ways to reduce it. For example, some utility customers can subscribe to community solar programs – projects that serve multiple customers in a single area – and even reduce their rates by doing so. Community solar projects do not usually require customers to own their homes, so renters can take part.

PBS News Hour / Read Full Article


2018

Household energy security—adequate, accessible, and affordable electricity and heat—is integral to housing security and should also be regarded as a human right rather than just a commodity.

Homes For All / Just Utilities Report


2018

Almost one-third of Americans face energy insecurity, and the shares are much higher for people of color and low-income people.  At the same time, the very people who cannot afford the benefits of our energy system are paying a disproportionate share of its costs, as evidenced by their higher exposure to pollution and higher rates of pollution-related illnesses such as asthma. Energy efficiency addresses these inequalities at both ends, by making energy bills more affordable for vulnerable people, while also reducing the need for energy production (and therefore, reducing the associated pollution).


Institute for Policy Studies- Bavar Report / Energy Efficiency with Justice


2018

In order for the solar industry to reach its maximum potential, it cannot exclude certain demographic groups. This is incredibly important, not just for climate adaptation, but also for social equity.

Solar Power Benefits Aren’t Reaching Communities of Color / CityLab