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Courtesy of Norfolk Solar

(Courtesy of Norfolk Solar) If dollars are flowing into under-served neighborhoods and staying there for as long as they throw off tax savings, why not channel some of them to improve energy justice? Plenty of opportunity remains. 

Where Investors See a Tax Savings, She Saw a Pathway to Clean Energy Equity Goals

The federal Opportunity Zones designation forgives capital gains taxes on investments in neighborhoods that have withstood economic isolation. One Norfolk, Virginia entrepreneur found dollars from investors looking for the tax break, found sites ready for solar development, and found a way to create jobs and increase solar market share in...
Max Joel sees maximum benefit in planning

Officials like Max Joel say New York's willingness to support planning and study will help kick-start local solar projects. 

To Stoke Solar Power for Low-Income Communities, New York Frees Up More Capital

People who live in areas where it's hard to own a home and hard to breathe clean air often also find it hard to tap solar power. The New York State Economic Research and Development Authority just signaled an intent to right this imbalance. The agency's new solicitation for bids...
The partners raising Raise Green

Update: Raise Green Rises From Crowdfunding Concept to Operating Platform. What's Next?

Crowdfunding has operated for a while, and community solar has emerged as a category for investors and developers. For Raise Green, a financing platform that aims to bring crowdfunding to community solar projects, the past year has brought evolution and discovery. Our reporter brings the team's ambitions and methods up...
Block Island Wind Farm

Photo courtesy of Deepwater Wind

A State Promises Clean Energy, but Consumers Still See Higher Costs

In a policy roadmap, New York State undertakes to give utilities and manufacturers every reason to build out clean energy networks. In the energy-buying experience, residents and businesses see few paths to renewable power. How can a state reach its zero-emission goals without first showing consumers lower prices and clearer...
AC Hotel by Marriott

Can Commercial PACE Lending Provide a Piece of the Post-Covid Puzzle?

The severe human and economic toll of Covid-19 has injected high levels of uncertainty into the economy. Despite reduced overall levels of investment in Q1 and Q2 2020, interest in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, or C- , has risen in some markets across the country. Commercial PACE is a...

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