There are countries where the switch to solar energy is encouraged, and others where it is taxed. The former includes the United States and, specifically, the state of California, which has a line of action that focuses its attention on populations with fewer resources to favor the transition to renewables. The initiative, with a billion investment on the table, is considered a model of success throughout the country.
Known as MASH, for Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing , this initiative focuses on the lowest-income multi-family residential complexes, which are precisely those that can benefit the most from clean energy, and those with the least access to electricity. They have the same for the high investment that this supposes.
Thus, this program acts in the promotion of solar energy installations from two fronts. The first concerns the owners and developers of these buildings. If they opt for solar installations, an initial amount is provided to them to facilitate installation and maintenance costs. Although the amount depends on various aspects, it is estimated that, on average, the reimbursements cover between 30 and 40% of the costs.
On the other hand, the initiative encourages from another front that also benefits the owners, but also looks at those who live on each of the floors of those buildings. This is so because, by participating in the program, you also get discounts on your electricity bill. These extend to the common areas of this type of housing, but also to each of them, since the bonuses per watt are up to 1.8 dollars. With this, the annual savings are estimated to be around $480.
The purpose of this program is clear. “Bringing owners of affordable housing an incentive to encourage them to install on their property solar power systems so that low – income tenants have the opportunity to participate in the green economy and lower their bills for electricity” , as explained in statements to Yale Climate Connections Scott Sarem, head of the provider Everyday Energy, which participates in the project.
And potential beneficiaries of this initiative are not lacking. An estimated nine million people statewide are low-income. They are targeted by this program, the most ambitious in the entire United States, since it is intended for at least one third of the affordable multi-family properties in the state of California to benefit from the initiative and thereby access sources of income. clean energy.
Another bet to bring solar energy closer to those who have no income, but also no access to electricity, has been launched in India, which will provide free or low cost panels and batteries to bring electricity to the entire country before it begins 2019.