So, Solar Detroit

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The price of being poor in Detroit is this: Households with lower income spend three times more for utilities than those with higher income levels

NEWCC has partnered The Honnold Foundation and with solar panel manufacturer REC Group, to install best-in-class solar arrays on 10 land trust homes.

Households with low income spend up to 20 percent of their earnings on energy costs, greatly impacting their ability to cover basic needs like food, shelter, and medical expenses. These same households disproportionately bear the burden of environmental and climate shifts that create not only unreliability in energy access, but also price spikes

As a frontline organization committed to creating sustainable communities NEWCC’s So, Solar Detroit is spearheading an effort to transition homes in three neighborhoods to renewable energy. Our work will create pathways to resiliency through improved climate preparedness, increased energy security, renewed infrastructure, and heightened economic prosperity.

The goal: 1000 households of low-income families equipped with rooftop solar solutions by 2024.

Our solar panel installations:

  • Cut residents’ energy bills in half
  • Offset 41.5 metric tons of CO2 a year
  • Increased investment and resiliency in marginalized neighborhoods

The sun doesn’t just shine on the rich and famous. The sun shines on all of us.

Rev. Joan Ross, NEWCC Executive Director


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Check out this video to learn more about our partnership and installations:

Community Impact

160+ Households Wired

Providing Internet access in North End and Highland Park

3,000 Served

Monthly providing emergency food and services to families in 48202, 48203 & 48211

41.5+ metric tons of carbon offset

Our solar power work is offsetting impact on our environment each year

300,000+ Listeners

Potential radio audience listeners on air and online

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