Faster, more affordable rooftop solar

Town homes and condos were treated as commercial property with a higher level of review and a permitting process which took “two-and-a-half years on average.” Low- and moderate-income residents are being inordinately hit by this “difficult and cumbersome” permit process. The new ordinance establishes an online permitting process for all clean energy projects with permits acted upon within 14 days, …

Mississippi Power plans ‘smart neighborhood’ with Tesla Solar Roofs

Nov. 2020, Utility Dive. The Southern utility also hopes to learn about the impact of solar roofs and other smart technology on the grid and reliability, and on energy consumption and related costs, according to Shepard. The Mississippi smart neighborhood represents one of the latest moves among cities and communities looking to roofs for energy-saving opportunities. New York targeted its over 1.6 …

Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption: Leasing and LMI incentives had the greatest impact, and PACE helped too

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas. The researchers concluded that LMI incentives, leasing and PACE increase PV adoption equity. The model showed that these intervention models shift deployment into underserved markets with lower …

Community land trusts allow West Denver homeowners to stay in place, in their communities, build an ADU or pay down their mortgage

Help is available for west Denver homeowners struggling to stay in their homes, Donna Bryson, Denverite, Nov. 19, 2020 A new program, Stay in Place, allows them to sell the land under their homes into a land trust and use the cash to pay down their mortgages said West Denver Renaissance Collaborative Director Renee Martinez-Stone. They can sell the land …

President Trump told suburban voters that affordable housing would hurt property values and increase crime. The story of one Wisconsin community challenges those assumptions.

Residents Feared Low-Income Housing Would Ruin Their Suburb. It Didn’t. Research has shown that tax-credit properties generally do not increase crime in affluent communities. They also tend to have little effect on property values in wealthy neighborhoods Most working-age, able-bodied people receiving government assistance for housing have jobs or were recently employed, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy …

Utility shutoffs should be a rallying cry for justice

Even before COVID-19, many households that were low-income, Black, Latinx, Native American or seniors were struggling to pay their debts, and now these unaffordably high utility bills will likely lead to disconnections or shutoffs. Data from the 2017 American Housing Survey states that nationally, 67 percent of low-income households (25.8 million) are facing a high energy burden and these are the families …

Re-thinking housing and commuting in Boulder

Abigail Bradford and James Horrox, Frontier Group; Danny Katz, Copirg Foundation; Travis Madsen and Mathew Frommer, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project August 8, 2019 https://frontiergroup.org/sites/default/files/reports/FINAL%20-%20Boulder%20Growing%20Greener.pdf By combining policies that encourage compact development, sustainable transportation and green building practices, Boulder can help to address global warming, improve the quality of our air and water, and protect Colorado’s undeveloped areas from sprawling development. The inability …

Addressing the housing shortage in weathy cities?

Economies and populations have concentrated in a handful of cities, while homes have gotten more expensive and harder to build. A growing movement is calling for change. By Jake Blumgart  21 Sep 2020 (Last Updated 1 Oct 2020) E-mail article Most of the world’s most successful urban areas today share a common ailment: a housing shortage. Put simply, wealthy cities like London, …

Low-Income Households Pay More for Energy, but Efficiency Can Help

With bans on utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic expiring, action is needed to ease the energy burdens of at-risk communities. By Ariel Drehobl, US News, Sept 30, 2020 How Energy Efficiency Can Help Those With Lower IncomesMore Energy efficiency and weatherization can help ease the burdens of millions of struggling families. PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL or the mortgage? Run the air …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …