California will give free solar panels to low-income families

In California, polluting companies pay for solar panels to the most disadvantaged families. It’s not exactly a charity, it’s a political initiative of the State of California. Very good policy, by the way. GRID Alternatives, through this program, provides solar energy for FREE to low-income or fixed-income families. You can save up to 90% on your electricity bills!

A new public program in which companies must pay per tonne for the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. The proceeds are intended for the purchase of solar panels for the poorest households.

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The program will be led by the non-profit organization GRID Alternatives, they will select the families who will be able to access this help by meeting a series of requirements. This system forces factories, power plants, oil refineries and other businesses to buy credits for every ton of carbon dioxide and other polluting gases they emit into the atmosphere.

Its basic premises leave no room for interpretation:

  • COMMUNITY: It is run by a non-profit organization that provides local vocational training and solar power to families in need.
  • FREE: Unlike for-profit solar companies, they don’t charge you anything and you don’t incur any debt. They pay your system!
  • SAVE MORE: If you switch to solar power with GRID, you’ll save 50-90% on your energy bill – more than double the promise of profit savings.

California is the best state in the United States for developing solar energy.

With good aid programs, innovative companies, and involved consumers who have helped solar power take hold more firmly than any other state in the United States. But until now, most of solar power has only been available to the upper middle classes and the wealthy of course, mainly due to the high cost of installation.

It is estimated that at the end of 2016, they were 1,600 households that got free solar energy in their homes through this program. Depending on the region, this can save families $ 400 to $ 1,000 a year in electricity.

This method seems to work very well: factories and fossil fuel plants pay for the damage they cause to the planet, and the credits go to repair.

In this case, the benefits go both to the environment: clean energy means less emissions and to low-income residents, who receive help with electricity bills.

Even the most conservative politicians in the state of California are in favor of this initiative. A program that we would like to see implemented in many other countries of the world.

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Via Chronicle of San Francisco

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