How community power empowers communities

The poorest 20 percent of our neighbors pay the most for electricity — 10 percent of total household income. Community solar will transform access to affordable clean energy for low-income households if we deploy equitable project finance models that scale with the market instead of depending on subsidies. 

Michelle Moore of Groundswell led a panel at VERGE 16 about the emerging project development and finance models that are empowering urban and rural communities.

"Partnership is the new leadership," said Kimberly Lewis of the U.S. Green Building Council. "We have to be open: thinking about the minds and needs of communities, and allowing us to listen and to hear what they need. That means they have to be present."