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Community-Owned Solar Power and Micro Grids

Date: Aug 1, 2018
Author(s): David Yovanoff
Topic(s): Environment: Air Pollution, Climate Change, and Energy, Environment: General
Type: Policy Brief

This policy brief discusses how community owned solar projects and micro grids offer a sustainable alternative to reliance on the large power grid and polluting fossil fuels. It explains how micro grids work and looks at how they are connected to and can improve standard power grids or macro grids.


The brief shares examples of community-owned solar projects, from PUSH Buffalo's latest project at School 77 to projects in Colorado and Massachusetts. PPG produced this policy brief for the Crossroads Collective, which is comprised of nine organizations working at the intersection of climate justice with economic and racial justice in Western New York. This policy brief was drafted by David Yovanoff, a student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and edited by Michael Brown, a 2017 Western New York Prosperity Fellow at PPG.