Closing the Solar Income Gap

Closing the Solar Income Gap

Energy can be costly for everyone, but for those with limited income, utility bills whittle away at already scarce resources. And while energy efficiency measures and renewable energy use—and incentives to encourage them—have been increasingly popular across the country, these technologies and programs may often miss people who could benefit most. Even with incentives and tax breaks, the up-front costs of solar can prevent low-income homeowners from receiving the benefits of lower utility bills.

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Getting to Zero: Notes from the 2013 NASEO Annual Meeting and Getting to Zero National Forum

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) have collaborated on zero net energy (ZNE) buildings work since 2011. In 2012, the two organizations hosted two meetings with more than 30 state and local government officials to discuss opportunities to advance ZNE policies and programs at the state level. Those meetings identified the need for a national initiative and discussion on ZNE and planted the seed for the Getting to Zero National Forum.

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