Chispa Arizona workshop
Policy Priorities

Access & Equity

Participants in our Energy Equity Workshop in partnership with Chispa Arizona, Wildfire, and SWEEP

In order to combat the climate crisis and reach 100% clean energy, solar needs to serve everyone and include everyone. Solar can provide relief to families struggling with high and volatile energy costs and the effects of a pollution-driven power system through energy bill savings, living-wage jobs, improved public health, and climate resilience in under-resourced communities.

Frontline communities are often the first and worst impacted by the accelerating harms of the climate crisis, yet are often excluded from climate solutions. These communities also face higher electricity bills and expensive health impacts from pollution, compounding the racial wealth gap.

We work to give more people a stake in the renewable economy by advocating for energy policies and programs specifically designed to address the barriers faced by environmental justice communities, communities of color, and others on the frontlines. This work is grounded in inclusive and equitable partnerships with local organizations that serve low-income and other underserved or marginalized communities.

We are taking conscientious and deliberate steps to ensure that the voices of these communities are represented in the energy policy discussions that impact the health, well-being, and economic opportunity of community members.

Access & Equity Team

Woman, Dr. Espanola Jackson, on stage with a mic and mic stand in front of her.

Dr. Espanola Jackson Energy Justice Award

The Energy Justice Award celebrates the legacy of a tireless community and environmental justice leader, Dr. Espanola Jackson.

Access + Equity Advisory Committee

The Access and Equity Advisory Committee (AEAC) was created to bring together a collective of individuals to create innovative best practices and policy solutions that enable equitable participation and benefit from clean energy, with an emphasis on Solar.

Low-Income Solar Policy Guide

The Low-Income Solar Policy Guide was originally developed and launched in 2016 by nonprofits GRID Alternatives, Vote Solar, and the Center for Social Inclusion, to help drive the proposal and adoption of new low-income solar policies and programs, both as stand-alone efforts and as part of broader renewable energy programs.

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