States that do have incorporated carve-outs, adders, subsidies and savings to encourage developers to include income-eligible households in these economic investments. Income-eligible households typically yield 10-15% energy bill savings through these programs.
Our local energy pilot projects in Boston and Buffalo will deliver affordable clean energy to over 100 households. Depending on the ultimate size of our community-led project, we could generate $125 – $500 in savings a year for income-eligible community members and families in climate-impacted communities. That builds up to an estimated $1,335,000 in savings for the community over the lifetime of the project!
In addition, our local Project Team members host regular Community Advisory Board meetings in Boston and partner meetings with community-based organizations to engage community leadership at every phase of the project.
We believe in a future where communities participate in and take ownership of clean energy projects. We participate in coalitions across racial, economic and energy justice movements to promote the equitable adoption of clean energy in climate-impacted communities. Join our policy advocacy initiatives!
Communities understand the benefits of clean energy, but are presented with systemic barriers that prohibit access to it. Solstice Initiative identifies traditional barriers and cultivates resources and opportunities to co-design just energy solutions. We have partnered with the Department of Energy on two projects that will build accountability and accessibility in the energy system. Read about our policy work through our Department of Energy-funded research projects, community solar research and Energy Score.
Direct ownership of solar assets allows the local community to realize full resulting economic benefits, not third party tax-equity investors. Solstice works at the nexus of clean energy and social justice to provide all households, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, home ownership status or other factors, access to clean energy through community-led energy, research and innovation, clean energy education, and advocacy for inclusive clean energy policies. We envision a future where accessible clean energy powers thriving communities.
The effects of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation’s (HOLC) credit ratings still directly impact economic investment opportunities for historically redlined communities today. climate-impacted communities did not have opportunities to gain intergenerational wealth through property ownership due to historic redlining and continuing racist lending practices.
Moreover, the solar development industry is also less diverse than the US labor market, which constrains opportunities to connect and innovate with community members. In 2019, the solar industry’s workforce was 7.7% Black or African-American, despite Black workers representing 13% of the U.S. labor (2019, The Solar Foundation). Solar creates opportunities for dependable careers through workforce development and vocational training. On average, new hires have the potential to be promoted to a mid-level position within one year or less, resulting in a 17% pay raise (2019, The Solar Foundation). Solstice Initiative is deploying accessible programs with a well-paid, local, and diverse workforce to engage community members in clean energy projects.