August 8 2018

Yale Environment 360 – How California is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’

Newly installed carport solar arrays will soon be providing electricity to the low-income residents of the Casas de la Viña complex. THE ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY AFFORDABILITY
…Not long ago, the family lived in a drafty, dilapidated ranch building rife with mold and insects. Now, they reside in one of the country’s first farmworker housing projects to achieve zero net energy. The improvements to the complex have included energy-efficient, heat-pump water heaters, low-E windows, and futuristic-looking solar carports that produce power for the development. The extensive retrofits are the result of a novel and far-reaching set of state laws that require 35 percent of California’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds to be spent on clean energy projects in disadvantaged communities and low-income neighborhoods…

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