Factory and warehouse rooftops offer untapped opportunity to help disadvantaged communities bridge solar energy divide

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Lower-income communities across the United States have long been much slower to adopt solar power than their affluent neighbors, even when local and federal agencies offer tax breaks and other financial incentives.

But, commercial and industrial rooftops, such as those atop retail buildings and factories, offer a big opportunity to reduce what researchers call the “solar equity gap,” according to a new study, published in Nature Energy and led by researchers at Stanford University.
“The solar equity gap is a serious problem in disadvantaged communities, in part because of income inequalities, but also because residential …

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