Giving Compass' Take:
- Pacific Standard writes about a recent study highlighting the fact that communities of color are disproportionately missing out on the benefits of rooftop solar power.
- Which sectors and states produce the most solar power today? How can we help make solar power more accessible?
- Read about the challenges for the solar power market workforce.
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One of the fundamental drivers of the environmental justice movement is that low-income communities and communities of color are often at the forefront of environmental harm, since they are more likely to live in the path of air pollution and near toxic facilities like oil refineries.
Led by Deborah Sunter, an engineering professor at Tufts University, the research team found that black- and Hispanic-majority census tracts have much lower rates of adopting rooftop photovoltaics (PV) than majority-white or no-majority tracts. Sunter's team used data from Google's Project Sunroof, which uses machine learning and satellite imagery to track existing rooftop solar arrays around the country, and from the Census Bureau's 2009–13 American Community Survey. The Google data included some 60 million roofs and two million solar installations.
Read the full article on communities of color disproportionately missing out on solar power benefits by Amal Ahmed at Pacific Standard.