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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A new coalition has formed aimed at helping ensure federal efforts to expand solar power don't leave the poor and communities of color behind.

Driving the news: The dozen-plus members of the Solar Access for All Coalition include Earthjustice, Coalition for Community Solar Access, GreenLatinos, Solar United Neighbors and the NAACP.

Why it matters: The White House wants clean energy policy to enable economic and environmental gains for communities that have long borne disproportionate pollution burdens.

But a lot of blanks remain to be filled in.

The big picture: "For too long, the benefits of a clean energy economy have eluded communities of color, indigenous communities, low-income, rural, and frontline communities disproportionately impacted by climate and environmental change," they said in a letter to congressional leaders.

How it works: Goals include adding solar power to 30 million homes, 15 million of which are low- and moderate-income, and making sure people from underserved communities are part of the solar workforce.

They unveiled a policy agenda today. Just a few planks...

  • Not only extending solar investment tax credits as the White House plan calls for, but structuring them to spur deployment in underserved areas.
  • Providing zero or low-interest financing via the Energy Department's Loan Programs Office.
  • $30 billion in funding for state, local and tribal communities to deploy distributed and community solar, with a significant amount targeted to communities the group represents.
  • Various solar workforce development initiatives.

What's next: Earthjustice's Luis Nasvytis Torres tells Axios the coalition's plans include "directly lobbying members of Congress and the administration to include the core proposals within our roadmap in whatever infrastructure legislation moves this year."

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Apr 19, 2021 - Economy & Business

Amazon renewables rollout highlights corporate climate push

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Amazon Monday morning announced investments in several new utility-scale wind and solar projects and said it's now Europe's largest corporate renewable power buyer.

The big picture: Look for a burst of corporate clean energy and climate pledges this week as companies hope to show their bona fides alongside this week's White House global climate summit and Earth Day.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Apr 19, 2021 - Energy & Environment

What to expect from this week's White House climate summit

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Get ready for lofty statements, urgent calls for carbon-cutting progress, new pledges — and known unknowns about how much concrete action will follow — at President Biden's global climate summit this week.

What we're watching: The White House will showcase a new 2030 U.S. emissions-cutting target and unveil plans for billions of dollars to help developing nations fight climate change, according to Bloomberg.

22 mins ago - Technology

3D printing's next act: big metal objects

Chief Scientist Andy Bayramian makes modifications to the laser system on Seurat's 3D metal printer. Photo courtesy of Seurat Technologies.

A new metal 3D printing technology could revolutionize the way large industrial products like planes and cars are made, reducing the cost and carbon footprint of mass manufacturing.

Why it matters: 3D printing — also called additive manufacturing — has been used since the 1980s to make small plastic parts and prototypes. Metal printing is newer, and the challenge has been figuring out how to make things like large car parts faster and cheaper than traditional methods.