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Solar Access For All Americans. Thank You, President Obama

Obama Change We Seek

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White House: Fact Sheet: Administration Announces New Initiative To Increase Solar Access For All Americans

The Obama Administration is committed to addressing climate change, promoting clean energy, and creating good paying jobs. That is why the Administration is announcing a new initiative to increase access to solar energy for all Americans, in particular low- and moderate- income communities, while expanding opportunities to join the solar workforce. Last year, the United States brought online as much solar energy every three weeks as it did in all of 2008, and the solar industry added jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy. And since the beginning of 2010, the average cost of a solar electric system has dropped by 50 percent. The executive actions and private sector commitments that we are announcing today will help continue to scale up solar for all Americans, including those who are renters, lack the startup capital to invest in solar, or do not have adequate information on how to transition to solar energy. The key components of the initiative that the Administration is announcing today are:

Launching a National Community Solar Partnership to unlock access to solar for the nearly 50 percent of households and business that are renters or do not have adequate roof space to install solar systems, including issuing a guide to Support States In Developing Community Solar Programs; Setting a goal to install 300 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing and providing technical assistance to make it easier to install solar, including clarifying how to use Federal funding; Housing authorities, rural electric co-ops, power companies, and organizations in more than 20 states across the country are committing to put in place more than 260 solar energy projects, including projects to help low- and moderate- income communities save on their energy bills and further community solar; and More than $520 million in independent commitments from philanthropic and impact investors, states, and cities to advance community solar and scale up solar and energy efficiency for low- and moderate- income households.

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150 Responses to “Solar Access For All Americans. Thank You, President Obama”


  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    July 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Hi

  2. July 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Congrats gcLinda!! 🙂

    Very important news, NW. Thank you for featuring it!!

    Also ….

    bbl ….

  3. July 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This. Is. Huge!!!!!

    • 10 Nerdy Wonka
      July 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      🙂

      • July 8, 2015 at 7:44 pm

        What makes this so huge is that low income folks and mid income folks do not believe that these kind of innovations are for them..(because most times they are not)….that these kind of innovations are only for the OTHER folks..(most times the are)….God Bless the President…..

  4. July 8, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    • 13 0388jojothecat
      July 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      I saw Grampy-McCain on teevee talking about putting American troops on the ground to fight ISIL on Faux Noise as I was flipping channels. The only time I hear someone ask whether Iraqi’s need to step up and fight for their own country is on NPR yet you never hear anyone say that on television except PBO.

  5. July 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    This is awesome. We also need everyone to install tankless hot water heaters – the ones that have instant hot water – no wasting running water waiting until it gets hot. It would save so mud water.

    And can we please make plastic turf illegal? They’re talking about making all sports fields in CA fake turf to conserve water, which will kill us faster than running out of water. It’s PLASTIC, retains heat raising the temp around it, and plastic ≠ photosynthesis. We NEED grass and plants so we can breathe!

    • July 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Probably one of the most important TED Talks:

    • July 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      MUCH WATER. ffs. I need a nap already.

    • 17 desertflower
      July 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Or this, so you don’t have to waste water waiting for your shower to heat up….

      https://www.taco-hvac.com/products/systems/instant_hot_water/index.html

      • July 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm

        Thanks EXACTLY what I’m talking about. There should be tax incentives so everyone can install them.

        • 19 desertflower
          July 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

          I actually had a tankless heater and some are a pain ( mine was)….but this seems like a no brainer. Need to put one of these in the house…what a savings this could be…of water AND energy.

          • July 8, 2015 at 2:15 pm

            We did our first tankless when we remodeled in2006…..our end of the house. It was the first one our plumber had done. When the original one was going out 3yrs. ago (serving rest of house), we had our plumber install another Ranai. Very pleased with them. Turns out the tankless water heater is most of his business now.

      • 21 MightyPamela
        July 8, 2015 at 8:51 pm

        No idea what model, brand or manufacturer, but these have been standard installations in all homes way down in NZ, for decades. I first saw them in 1979 when I was traveling there. What has taken us so long – well, start with the power companies, who just love to have all that steady income, at the high cost of the planet becoming exhausted. And here we are. BigOil continues its death grip on the world economy, and we will all die with it if it cannot be released. PBO is the ONLY one in the ‘first’ world to make a stand. No wonder they do what they can to cast shade on him.

    • 22 Anna
      July 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      We have plastic bucket in tub, catch water until warm enough to shower, take water to the garden for vegetables and flowers, bushes, if no rain for long time, save all water in tub and use it to water also. HE was surprised how much water was going down drain and now actively participating in saving water.

      • July 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        Exactly. I’m in an apartment, with five potted plants on my balcony. I have too much excess water running it waiting for hot. Perhaps I need to shower only at the gym, and stop cooking my own food? SOLVED! 😉

  6. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    July 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    TY NW for featuring this. Always grateful for PBO being so fowardlooking

  7. 26 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Solar Energy, Wins!
    Thanks NW.

  8. 29 globalcitizenlinda
    July 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    NW, Heads up : just heard that PBO & his team are set to announce new rules that are meant to combat housing segregation

  9. 31 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    No Doubt, on Que……The NY Stock Exchange is the dominant Topic.

  10. 32 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    So it was GW Bush who gave Dr. Cosby the presidential medal of honor and now……some of these women raped by Dr. Cosby are asking for Pres Obama to revise the Honor?
    Please……Folks…..stop with the insanity.
    Politics at every turn for every issue is JUST……wrong!

  11. 37 desertflower
    July 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/08/trump-tower-was-built-on-undocumented-immigrants-backs.html

    Thirty-five years ago, a small army of illegal immigrants was used to clear the site for what became the crown jewel of Donald Trump’s empire.

    The 200 demolition workers—nicknamed the Polish Brigade because of their home country—worked 12-hour shifts, seven days a week with no overtime to knock down the old Bonwit Teller building and make room for Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

    According to testimony in a protracted civil suit in federal court, the laborers were paid $5 an hour or less when they were paid at all. Some went unpaid after the contractor had financial troubles. A few never received even the paltry sum that was owed them for their dirty and hazardous efforts preceding the construction of Trump’s monument to his own wealth.

    “They were undocumented and worked ‘off the books,’” Manhattan federal Judge Charles Stewart said of the workers after they became the subject of a 1983 lawsuit. “No records were kept, no Social Security or other taxes were withheld.”

  12. 38 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

  13. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    July 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    The sky is (and the sun is) the limit, Mr. President! Go, Barack Obama! Go, Solar!

  14. 44 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    It didn’t take long for The View to replace Ms Perez……

  15. July 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Heh.

    Howdy, all.

  16. July 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm

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  18. July 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

  19. July 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    YAY for Chef Andres

    • July 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Per CNN…

      Donald Trump says he “can’t guarantee” that all of the workers he employs have legal status in the United States and said that if he were to discover any illegal immigrants working for him, “We would get rid of them immediately.”

      In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the billionaire businessman and Republican presidential candidate addressed questions about a recent report that there are illegal immigrants working at the Old Post Office Pavilion construction site in Washington, which Trump is converting into a luxury hotel.

  20. July 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I love both these actors, so I can’t wait to see this.

    ……………

    Sophie Okonedo & Adrian Lester Set to Star in BBC 6-Part Political Thriller – ‘Undercover’

    Photo of Tambay A. Obenson
    By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

    July 8, 2015 at 10:36AM

    Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester are set to star in Peter Moffat’s original 6-part BBC political thriller – “Undercover.”

    To be broadcast on BBC One (not ETA yet), the series is described as bold and gripping, starring Okonedo as lead character Maya, who’s about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions, and Adrian Lester as her husband, Nick. Just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny, Maya discovers that her husband and the father of her children, has been lying to her for years. Is he concealing an affair, or is it something altogether more sinister? If she digs up his real past, will she be safe? And who wants her in this new job and why? Twenty years ago, Nick was a fearless and dedicated undercover officer, infiltrating organisations considered a danger to society because of their political beliefs. Nick built himself a fake past and now with his wife unsuspecting, and his conscience killing him – his secret identity may compromise the new Director of Public Prosecutions – Maya, his wife.

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/sophie-okonedo-adrian-lester-set-to-star-in-bbc-6-part-political-thriller-undercover-20150708

  21. July 8, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I will light candles if this happens.

  22. July 8, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Kids State Dinner coming up!

  23. July 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    SOMETHING IS UP……or is he managing expectations?

  24. July 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Astounding.

    If I’m a baker who refuses to sell a gay couple a cake that I would sell to a straight couple, and the couple sues me because of Federal discrimination laws, can I then turn around and sue the Governor for misleading me into thinking I could legally deny service to someone?

    And then then tax payers would be paying for all the legal fees that Brownback accrues due to all the lawsuits this is going to generate.

    Nice way to transfer wealth from your constituents, Governor.

    What’s next, denying Muslims service because “my religion hates your religion”? And what if I decide my religion tells me I need to kill infidels? How about THAT religious freedom Governor? I mean, why am I allowed to OPEN CARRY if I’m not allowed to use my weapon?

    Do they not teach world history where these white boys go to school? Are they unfamiliar with the Crusades and all the religious wars since the beginning of time? Why do they want another one? Do they see themselves as “safe”? Or do they just see power and profit?

    Brownback is about to get an up close and personal relationship with KARMA.

    Kansas is going to be an Attorney’s Paradise.

    (sorry about the DK link… but this isa good read, and it’s only the beginning of this insanity.)

    • July 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Yep. Read this morning that the TN legislature is considering a Pastor’s Protection Act or some ‘crock’ like that. Remember, they have to take back their country.

      • July 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm

        They’re idiots who are going to bankrupt their state treasuries due to legal fees that will result from all the civil backlash that will result in lawsuits when these tools think they can legally be dicks to people by denying them services in the public square all in the name of religion.

        It’s insane, but it’s going to be popcorn-worthy when it gets going. And it WILL.

    • 71 barbara
      July 8, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      As I have stated before….live in this state and have this fool for our governor! How he was re-elected makes me stay awake at night wondering!!! Idiot is too nice of a name for him and he continues to rule in this way. Democrats and any Republicans left with an ounce of sense need to start working towards impeachment……but alas, we are to darn lazy.

  25. July 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  26. July 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    • 79 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      There is simply no boundary to this man’s ego. I wonder if he looks at himself in the mirror and sees a god, rather than a mortal.

  27. July 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Donna D, which candidate do you favor?

    • 81 donna dem 4 obama
      July 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      I like them both. Donna Edwards is my Rep but personally I don’t see her winning a statewide election just yet. I’m leaning toward Chris only because I have found that people are lazy when it comes to educating themselves about candidates. Chris is well known in MD and Donna isn’t out side of her district. Most of the establishment is behind Chris so if he does his homework and works the state like he should it can be a good win for him.

    • 83 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      I don’t know much about Donna Edwards (Though I’ve heard very good things about her), but Chris was my rep (Congressional district 8) when I lived in that area. I liked him a lot. He was a strong presence, very supportive of PBO & the ACA during the government shutdown of 2013.This is someone I could actually see running for Prez in the future. I’ve never seen Chris on TV or other public forum bashing our president or making passive-aggressive remarks as so many Dems have done. He has WAY more natural charisma and public speaking skills than O’Malley.

  28. July 8, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Likely ….

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  31. 89 JER
    July 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  32. July 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    HMMMMMMMMMMMM……..

  33. 103 CEB
    July 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Just one of my rambling thoughts: I think that there were thousands of talented, intelligent, forward thinking people in this country who knew and understood what many of our societal ills were, but were not able to put many of their ideas forward, or to have their actions bear more fruit because the atmosphere of the Bush years and the gridlock and scandal of the Clinton years kept them from being able to use their abilities to move the country forward in a meaningful and lasting way. The people suffer when they have poor leaders. PBO always says that we are the ones that we are looking for, but every group needs a leader of vision whose inspiration and willingness to listen and to work will harness and guide the talents of the group. It is such a relief to live in an era where intelligence, facts and science are respected and used to make our union and the wider world more perfect. I remember at some meeting of scientists how they looked upon PBO with admiration and respect and called him Scientist-in-Chief; I remember how General McRaven talked about being in strategy meetings with PBO and saying that it was like sitting with someone who had been doing this for 20 years; or the Look In General Ray Odinero (sp) eyes as he spoke with him Inauguration day 2013; I recall Ben Rhodes’ words of how he respected PBO’s vision and wanted to be a part of the important work re-starting our international relationships, and I often think about John Kerry, who instead of being bitter that the most that people took away from the 2004 convention was the brilliant rising star Barack Obama, he stayed loyal, stayed in the game, gave good counsel and has been working himself to the bone through injury and his wife’s health scare, because he loves this country so much and he has found a wise partner in the young man over whom he once had seniority. We have a once-in-a-life time leader who wanted to do something real and lasting rather than to be something. He looked at us and saw and believed that we were better as a people than many of us believed. He created the space for us to excel and many answered the call. We told us that we could do it, we believed it and we did and continue to do so.

    • 104 Linda
      July 8, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      This is a beautiful comment, CEB…..

    • 105 jackiegrumbacher
      July 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more, CEB. President Obama’s extraordinary intellect, his capacity for absorbing information and applying it judiciously, his generous heart and his outstanding leadership skills inspire devotion, respect and loyalty. It’s why we all love him so much and know in our hearts that there will never be another president like him.

    • 106 FoxfireTX
      July 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      So true CEB and expressed so beautifully. The one quality I would add is “trustworthy”. I do NOT trust politicians, I think for most of them lying is second nature. Call me old fashioned but lying is the one quality I simply cannot abide in people. It drives me crazy. My daughter learned very early to correct even the most innocent of white lies with me. I also think PBO has surrounded himself with advisers with similar qualities, with one exception. I do not trust and cannot stand John Brennan. Perhaps he has qualities that I am not aware of, but I simply do not trust him. It is also my struggle with HRC. Whether I vote for her or not, I will never trust her. I think in large part the reason PBO and VP Biden have formed such a remarkable relationship is at their core they both live these values, see it in one another and value it. It allows them to overlook the things that might otherwise bother them.

    • 107 vcprezofan2
      July 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      ^5 CEB!

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      July 8, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Fabulous to read that! We all still feel it, too.

    • July 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Beautiful Rant…CEB…a BIG Thumbs Up!

    • 110 GGail
      July 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Very well said CEB. Thanks for voicing your thoughts 🙂

    • 111 sjterrid
      July 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Excellent comment, CEB.

    • 112 MightyPamela
      July 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Amen. Thank you, CEB.

  34. 113 CEB
    July 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Should be: ” we believed it, we did it, and we continue to do it.”

  35. 115 sabreen60
    July 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy. This is truly awesome. What would I do without The Obama Diary?!?

    President Obama rocks!

  36. July 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  37. 120 CEB
    July 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I was away from the computer for awhile after I posted my comment; thanks for all of your replies.

  38. July 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

  39. 122 taiping1
    July 8, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    http://www.aspenideas.org/session/obama-doctrine-americas-role-complicated-world

    Good interview with Ben Rhodes on the Obama Doctrine, America’s role in a complex world. At 32′ he talks about how PBO’s handshake with Raul Castro at Mandela’s funeral opened the way to further opening relations between our two countries. Simple respect makes a difference.

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  42. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    July 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Just saw most of Andrew Cuomo’s interview on Rev. Al’s show, and mostly agreed with Cuomo. Surprised even me, because I don’t normally like his att-i-tude, as we used to say in New Jersey.

    • 127 Vicki
      July 8, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Cuomo has done many excellent things. Stopping fracking in NY is on the list, very strong leader for Obamacare and marriage equality and today 2 five star moves—-Attny Gen Eric Schneiderman will be in charge of all police involved shooting and campus rapes are criminal not scholastic matters and as such will be dealt with not by campus police but by NY Police. Two bravos!!

      The problems are his personality—petty and vengeful. NY joke is that even his father Mario couldn’t stand him.
      And his collaboration with GOP to keep them in control of NY State Senate.

      On balance, his good acts, to me, anyway, outweigh his defects. Nobody’s perfect.

      • 128 jacquelineoboomer
        July 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        Well, I was more impressed today than before, so maybe I’ll calm down about that reaction! Glad to hear all this.

  43. 129 Edwina3
    July 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    George W. Bush charged $100K for speaking at vets’ event http://nydn.us/1JPXyVU

  44. July 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    • July 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      • 133 Vicki
        July 8, 2015 at 7:25 pm

        On Iran Deal.
        The horrible anti-Muslim anti-Obama anti-Deal ads in both NY Newspapers and NY TV stopped about a week ago.
        In Israeli newspapers the screeching headlines and multiple stories have diminished to very few articles .
        Bibi seems largely absent on the matter.

        My conclusion is that the Deal was either defeated a week ago or concluded a week ago. Opposition has ended.

        Very much in favor of the deal being done, in my humble opinion, is the coverage given today to “The GOP cannot stop this deal in Congress.” Photo of Sen. Cotton—-cotton being what’s between his ears) which felt like hahahahahaha to me.
        Plus, PBO says he doesn’t care if the Congress has 30 days or 60 days to review deal.

        Time will tell. hang in there, folks.

  45. 134 GGail
    July 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Tsk, tsk, tsk
    Time Warner Cable owes $229,500 to woman it would not stop calling

    Araceli King, of Irving, Texas, accused Time Warner Cable of harassing her by leaving messages for Luiz Perez, who once held her cellphone number, even after she made clear who she was in a seven-minute discussion with a company representative.

    The calls were made through an “interactive voice response” system meant for customers who were late paying bills.

    Time Warner Cable countered that it was not liable to King under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law meant to curb robocall and telemarketing abuses, because it believed it was calling Perez, who had consented to the calls.

    But in awarding triple damages of $1,500 per call for willfully violating that law, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said “a responsible business” would have tried harder to find Perez and address the problem.

    He also said 74 of the calls had been placed after King sued in March 2014, and that it was “incredible” to believe Time Warner Cable when it said it still did not know she objected.

    “Defendant harassed plaintiff with robo-calls until she had to resort to a lawsuit to make the calls stop, and even then TWC could not be bothered to update the information in its IVR system,” Hellerstein wrote.

    The last 74 calls, he added, were “particularly egregious violations of the TCPA and indicate that TWC simply did not take this lawsuit seriously.”

  46. July 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    President Obama will leave the next president with a surplus…only caveat is if GOP nutjobs go through with debt ceiling B.S.

  47. July 8, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    🙂

  48. 138 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Jebbie has the nerve to say what?
    Seriously? His effing AWOL brother from the National Guard during ‘Nam Vacationed more than old sickly Reagan.

    • July 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      This next year and a half, I want President Obama to take his family on every trip they can arrange to go on. Enjoy Airforce One while they can.

  49. 140 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    And it’s Not like this man needed the money……Shame on his wickedness. He effing sent many of these guys to their deaths, their life-time wounds and hardship.

    • 142 forus50
      July 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Beyond disgusting. What a POS.

    • July 8, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      If it was our POTUS and FLOTUS oh how the haters would trash them. George W. Bush got 100,000 and Laura Bush 50,000. There would be no severely wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan if it was not for George W. Bush. What a disgrace.

    • 144 0388jojothecat
      July 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      They called begging me for money….I’ll tell them they can get it from GWB and the GOP who always wants to send people to war.

      • 145 amk for obama
        July 8, 2015 at 9:07 pm

        Bingo. You said it better than me.

        Amazing how the vets take the benefits from the dems and then kiss the thugs’ asses.

    • 146 amk for obama
      July 8, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      a veterans charity invites this war criminal for their fundraiser and pays him too?

      how disconnected can you be to miss the dots?

    • 147 nospin
      July 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      to be fair, they were idiots to offer and then follow through on paying him. A grifter is gonna grift.

  50. 148 Nena20409
    July 8, 2015 at 7:37 pm

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