Making Solar Energy an Option for All Families

by Jessie Capper

The United States’ federal government offers an energy assistance plan to low-income families who would not otherwise be able to afford their utility bill. Although this program is largely beneficial to these communities, it is not advantageous for our current environmental conditions. Unfortunately, the energy assistance provided by the government does not provide the recipient the opportunity to choose the source of their energy; in other words, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program formed by the government only supplies energy from the local utility companies. These companies supply a majority of their energy from power plants, which account for roughly thirty-eight percent of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions (Bloomberg Philanthropies). Fortunately, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance is changing this, ultimately building a sustainable renewable energy program for families of any financial background (RREAL 1). Continue reading