For Amy Ginsberg, the financial incentives of going solar were hard to beat. The Pasadena woman received a trio of rebates, including $2,500 off her property tax bill from Anne Arundel County, $1,000 from the state and a 30 percent tax credit from the federal government.
The nonprofit group VA SUN is helping Virginians across the state convert to solar power. They’re using a co-op model that brings residents together to bargain for competitive prices and advocate for clean energy. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.
Sunlight is free, but the gear that transforms it into electricity is pricey. For 134 low-income D.C. households this year, though, the Solar Advantage Plus Program will make a photovoltaic system as affordable as the rays that power it.
Less dirty energy, more clean energy. These are the fundamental drivers of the Clean Power Plan’s push to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and while that’s a potential boon to wind and solar power, it could also provide a boost to technologies that can help integrate that renewable energy into the grid as a means to its end.