Why Accessible Solar Energy Models are Critical to the Success of the Renewable Energy Movement
17 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2020
Date Written: May 22, 2020
In this paper I will analyze how inclusivity and accessibility affect the potential of the renewable energy movement in the United States. In its failures to reach diverse communities, it has stunted its own growth rendering everyone farther from a clean energy future and environmental justice. I will ask how low-income communities and communities of color participate in the renewable energy movement. What has blocked these groups from participating in the past and what is at stake if this is ignored? My research rests heavily on solar energy as it is far more difficult to encompass the specificities of all popular renewable energy options but the majority of the data is grounded in policy and organization which can be applicable to other renewable industries with adaptations. Geographically, this research is situated primarily in the two poles of the country, New York and California.
Keywords: Environmental Racism, Urban Sustainability, Community Solar, Urban Solar, Solar PV
JEL Classification: Z13, Z18, Q, R, Z10, Z22
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