In VICE: Solar Power Buildout Would Generate Billions in Economic Benefits, Create Millions of Jobs

Date: 26 Jul 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the News: Katie Keinbaum

July 21, 2021

Media Outlet: VICE

In Vice, senior researcher at ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative Katie Kienbaum explains ILSR’s 30 Million Solar Homes project, which seeks to switch 1 in 4 American homes to solar power. She asserts that the project, which relies on locally-distributed energy, would greatly curb the climate crisis. Research shows that the 30 Million Solar Homes plan would reduce carbon emissions by around a hundred million tonnes per year. She also sheds light on the fact that the initiative would greatly reduce utility costs for the average American family as well as create almost 2 million new jobs, both welcome developments in light of the economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities that have historically been at the frontlines of the climate crisis, such as communities of color and low income communities, will be prioritized in the implementation of the project.

[The proposal] is meant to kind of address a lot of the different issues that we’re facing at this moment. From the climate crisis to ongoing economic recovery from the COVID pandemic, to historic racial and economic inequalities in our economy and our energy system.

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Aarushi Sen is a rising Junior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities studying Political Science, Economics, and Journalism. She is currently involved in communications and public relations work for UMN Students for Climate Justice and UMN Multicultural Political Science Student Association, and has done research in Latin American Human Rights. Aarushi is interested in the intersection between media and movement work and is passionate about public ownership within communities.

In VICE: Solar Power Buildout Would Generate Billions in Economic Benefits, Create Millions of Jobs