The GW Solar Institute themed this year's solar symposium around expanding energy-efficient solar access to low-income communities. Solar panel prices have dropped 80% in the last 5 years, but the upfront cost of an installation is still prohibitively high for about 1 in 4 American households
While going solar can save a significant chunk of a home's energy costs, some of the people who need energy efficiency most might not even know it. Pricing and awareness deal a one-two punch against energy equality, blocking off millions of Americans from the benefits of producing their own electricity and lowering their monthly energy bills.
That's why 8 states (California, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington) and the District of Columbia created shared renewable programs to try and bridge the gap. In the following video, you'll hear from some of the homeowners who might not otherwise benefit from solar power without a little help, as well as some of the community leaders, local installers and organizations working behind the scenes to make solar available to people of all incomes and backgrounds.