Educating and Empowering through a Solar Energy Transition
WHY IT MATTERS
In February of 2019 the Tallahassee City Commission unanimously passed the Clean Energy Resolution, taking the bold step of moving Tallahassee to a 100% clean, renewable energy future by 2050. This goal continues the city’s shift away from fossil fuels toward cleaner, renewable energy sources like solar.
Solar can provide:
- long-term financial benefits to families that struggle with high and unpredictable energy cost.
- living-wage jobs in one of the fastest growing industries.
- a source of clean renewable energy in neighborhoods that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution.
While solar adoption has seen an increase in some of Tallahassee’s wealthier neighborhoods, there is a great disparity in solar adoption in local low to moderate income (LMI) neighborhoods. Research shows solar energy inequalities exist by race/income in LMI neighborhoods nationwide. As Tallahassee continues to move toward clean energy, we seek to better understand local LMI-solar-adoption needs and barriers. The growing solar industry provides a great opportunity to address some of the greatest challenges faced by LMI neighborhoods including energy inequities, the high cost of housing, unemployment, and environmental issues.
WHAT WE DO
The SEED project will focus on three Tallahassee neighborhoods:
- Greater Bond Neighborhood
- Greater Frenchtown Neighborhood
- Griffin Heights Neighborhood
In working with the community and neighbors collaboratively, SEED will:
- Foster education and resource sharing and gather information about the target neighborhoods and residents.
- Hire local businesses as vendors when possible.
- Train neighbors to implement the project where possible.
- Educate about rebates and financial resources that are available to residents with light bills with energy efficiency and solar.
- work to reduce solar installation costs for participating homeowners where possible.
- Identify 25-50 potential solar ready homes and include pathways for residents to upgrade their homes.
- Create a model that can be replicated in other communities.
WHO WE ARE
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SOLAR MYTHS VS FACTS
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