Indiana has an estimated 600 early adopters of rooftop solar. Rooftop solar and community solar gardens are beneficial to all, but more specifically to low-income, people of color that are primarily disproportionately impacted by environmentally related decisions. There appears to be no plans for rooftop solar within 1quality of life plans we researched. Environmental opportunities, projects, resources should benefit those most disproportionately impacted. There are vast benefits to committing to green economics within Hub Zones of Indianapolis and throughout Indiana.
Energy Poverty: According to Home Energy Affordability In Indiana ‘Energy efficiency is a necessary, but not sufficient, response to the problem of unaffordable home energy. Low income efficiency initiatives are inadequately funded to comprehensively address unaffordability.’
Politics: Create an environmental climate justice committee and add to the Office of Sustainability a division of Environmental Climate Justice Outreach.
Green Economics Benefits :
We recommend policy creation for roof top solar and community solar garden development. We recommend solar primarily, because it creates a local hire component for solar installation. It also directly positively impacts the energy cost of the homeowner or tenant. In fact, net metering can empower the distributed generator, because they can earn a credit and net zero their energy bill. We recommend near future policies that start preparing builders, realtor and bankers to begin incorporating solar, as a Socially Corporate Responsible proactive step, toward community reinvestment. This proactivity will prevent the inevitable…. a Just Energy gap. All of the above game changers will have a positive impact on our Indianapolis community.
1MidTown Indy Great Places 2020 http://midtownindy.org/GreatPlaces2020.php
2 National Solar Schools Census, 2015, http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-schools/brighter-future/
3 Catching your breath: Asthma in Marion County, December 2011, http://www.mchd.com/pdf/MCPHDasthma_report2011.pdf
Report created by Indiana Green Outreach, May 2015