Consolidated Edison has created a program that offers the use of the utility’s own sprawling rooftop space in New York city for installing solar panels whose benefits will be shared with low-income customers. The program, which still needs approval from state regulators, will assist several thousand people for whom lack of access and finances are big obstacles to using clean energy. “We want to do our part to make sure that all of our customers have access to renewable energy, regardless of their income level,” said Matthew Ketschke, Con Edison’s vice president for distributed resource integration. The utility estimates it has enough roof space for solar panels that could produce as much as 11 megawatts of electricity, which could result in savings of $5 a month for as many as 6,000 customers who qualify for financial help from the company.

– via The New York Times

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