February 16, 2023
Residential solar has grown tremendously over the past decade, increasing from an installed capacity of just 1.4 GW in 2012 to 23.2 GW in 2021. Solar is also becoming more accessible: national data shows that the average income level of solar adopters is declining. However, despite this increase in solar for all income levels, recent census-level data shows that structural inequalities, including racial diversity and education levels, continue to hinder equitable adoption at the local level.
The 2022 El Paso Solar Co-op worked with local nonprofits Eco El Paso and Sunrise El Paso to pair outreach for its campaign with advocacy for reducing utility solar fees, which prevent many LMI residents from cost-effectively benefiting from solar.
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