In this week's Newsletter: MIT releases report ion the future of solar, Here Comes Solar gets some love from DNAInfo, strategies to promote economic equality and climate change together, and much more!
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MIT Report Confirms the Future of Solar & It's Bright



Solar energy has the best potential to meet future energy needs without blowing our carbon budget- this is something we've been affirming for a long time, but now a research team at MIT is backing us up.

According to this article from Solar Power World, the Future of Solar Energy report looks at the technical, commercial, and policy dimensions of solar energy today and makes recommendations to policymakers regarding more effective federal and state support for research and development, technology demonstration, and solar deployment.

The group also recommends that state renewable portfolio standards, which are designed to increase generation of electricity from renewable resources, be brought under a unified national program that would reduce the cost of meeting set mandates by allowing unrestricted interstate trading of credits.

Of course, this is something that has already begun in  New York. Hello, REV!

Here Comes Solar Gets Some Love from DNAInfo

We couldn't have been prouder of our community solar team, whose project Here Comes Solar is helping neighborhoods get solarized by helping to do site assessments, organize groups of homeowners and match them with incentive programs and installers. And now DNAInfo has recognized their work, in a lovely little piece called "How Grassroots Efforts Are Making Solar Energy Affordable."

We hope this exposure gets a lot more people into this program. Wanna find out if your building could be part of it? Fill out the survey form at the Here Comes Solar website.

 

Win-Win: Economic Equality and Climate Action

We love Grist.org and their columnists realistic but not depressing takes on climate action. In this piece by Ben Adler, inspired by Tuesday's rally for policies to improve income inequality, six strategies are laid out that tie climate action to improving economic equality. Too often, these issues are poitted against each other, as though the only option was to choose a safe, clean environment or a fully employed workforce. In fact, climate action and economic justice are naturally complementary. 

To find out how, read the article on Grist here. You'll be glad you did! Then call your representatives in Congress and ask them to put these measures on the legislative agenda!
 
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