Solar panels have, so far, been mostly restricted to upper and middle class homes. That’s because, while the energy saved will save money over time, there is an upfront installation cost that many low-income residents didn’t have the on-hand cash to afford.

But aren’t they the ones who need it most? That’s why Nevada is stepping up to offer new solar directives that seek to provide similar energy advantages to lower-income homes.

A new law is set to go into effect to help families and small businesses gain access to solar energy.

Governor Steve Sisolak recently signed a solar bill that directs NV Energy to develop between three and 10 solar programs for low-income residents, residential customers who cannot install rooftop solar, disadvantaged businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Jennifer Schuricht, a spokeswoman for the law, said it will provide much needed opportunities and incentives for more Nevadans to switch to solar power. 

Schuricht said the law ensures environmental and economic opportunities from smaller-scale solar projects in order to “bring value to all our customers and communities.” 

In a society progressively dependent upon digital technology, energy can no longer be treated as if it’s a luxury commodity. Bringing efficient, cost-effective energy to all communities offers neighborhoods the chance to evolve instead of stagnate, and Nevada communities are now set to reap the rewards of renewables. 

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