Biden Administration Announces Plan to Bring Solar Power to Low-Income Homes

The Biden administration has launched a program to bring solar power to low-income homes nationwide, a move that will help communities reduce their utility bills, Politico reported. This is just the government’s latest move to meet its ambitious climate targets. The new project could result in the development of 134 gigawatts of new solar power capacity nationwide.

The program would subsidize energy costs for low-income residents with solar community project developers. These sell renewable electricity subscriptions to homes, which significantly reduces utility bills.

Administration believes this could yield a whopping 134 gigawatts of new solar energy nationwide. Currently, solar capacity in the United States is only 97.2 gigawatts according to the Department of Energy (DOE), so this is a huge goal. The DOE estimates that the initial pilot project could save more than $1 billion annually in energy costs.

This program follows the announcement of a new pilot program in Delaware that will cover 70 percent of rooftop solar costs for middle-income participants and 100 percent of solar costs for low-income families.

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, low-income households have a large energy burden, and the percentage of their income that is spent on energy is often three times that of high-income households.

Households around the world are struggling to pay their electricity bills. Earlier this year, it was reported that around 1.3 million New York City households were two months behind on their bills, resulting in over $1.7 billion in debt. This new project will help so many people and help the country continue its move away from fossil fuels.

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