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Local Opinion: Solar power tax credits help bring equity to greener technology
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Local Opinion: Solar power tax credits help bring equity to greener technology

Alisha Vasquez describes how economic barriers make it harder for lower-to-middle-income Americans to take advantage of solar tax credits. But since the Inflation Reduction Act increased solar installation tax credits and created programs to increase equity in clean energy, families such as Vasquez’s were able to install solar.

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Growing up in a family that relied on state assistance, I always viewed residential solar power as a luxury. Having $10,000 set aside to install solar when you have student debt, a mortgage, and childcare expenses is just not realistic for many Americans.

Protecting the environment that my family has called home for six generations is important to me. I want to ensure the next seven generations thrive. I want to live on our planet without negatively impacting it. Blending ancestral ways of life with modern technology into local, state, and federal policy is one way to usher in positive and more sustainable change.

The above excerpt was originally published in Arizona Daily Star. Click here to view the full article.

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