Solar energy: apples and oranges

08/27/2014 1:08 PM

08/29/2014 6:24 PM

Re "Don't shut out black residents from clean energy revolution" (Viewpoints, Aug. 27): It's not racial, Mr. Stone. The subsidies are ax credits, not money given to the rich for installing solar systems.

Aubry Stone cites some public policy as a barrier against African-Americans without identifying what policy. He cites inequality between Malibu and Compton subsidies in dollar form, as if it was a check written by the government. The disparity is not redlining and not money given to the rich over the poor. It's based upon the use of the program. How many systems were purchased in Malibu and how many in Compton? Solar companies profit and exist by installing as many systems as they can. Why would they turn down sales in Compton verses Malibu?

There's also no disparity between multi-family and single family housing as he claims, as there are multi-family housing in every community, even Malibu.

-- Tom Orsat, Folsom

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