Building Back Better: A Roadmap to Expand Solar Access For All
We joined with a broad coalition to propose a policy roadmap to meet the Biden-Harris Administration’s climate and equity goals.
Vote Solar is part of a coalition of advocates representing civil rights, indigenous, environment, equity, rural, and business organizations that are calling on Congress to prioritize the equitable and just deployment of renewable energy through policies that support expanding local rooftop and community solar power for all.
The coalition developed a policy roadmap that details a comprehensive set of federal policy actions that would bridge the equity gap in clean energy access and modernize the electric grid.
In alignment with the American Jobs Plan and the Biden-Harris Administration’s climate and equity goals, the policy recommendations ensure that at least 40% of the benefits of local solar projects reach underserved communities including communities of color, low-income households, indigenous communities, and those communities disproportionately impacted by climate and environmental degradation. The roadmap includes three pillars of policy recommendations:
- Empower 30 million households to go solar, including 15 million with low to moderate incomes;
- Create an energy economy and workforce that includes everyone — especially those in underserved communities — spurring hundreds of billions of dollars in private investment in public infrastructure and creating over one million new jobs, while supporting business ownership, entrepreneurship and economic opportunity for communities of color and underserved communities;
- Build a more resilient grid that is ready to meet our economic, workforce, and climate goals including achieving 100% clean renewable energy by 2035.
Coalition partners for the Roadmap to Expand Solar Access for All: Earthjustice, Coalition for Community Solar Access, GreenLatinos, Solar United Neighbors, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, GRID Alternatives, NAACP, Appalachian Voices, League of United Latin American Citizens, Local Solar for All, Hispanic Federation, Vote Solar, Chispa LCV, and Tribal Utility and Energy Infrastructure Legislation for Indigenous People (TUEILIP).