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File #: 210342    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/15/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/22/2021
Title: Honoring and thanking the Philadelphia Energy Authority for its Solar Savings Grant Program.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Bass
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21034200, 2. Signature21034200
Title
Honoring and thanking the Philadelphia Energy Authority for its Solar Savings Grant Program.

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WHEREAS, The generating of energy which produces no greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduces air pollution is necessary to Philadelphia in order to provide the citizens Constitutional guarantee of a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment; and

WHEREAS, Climate change, as a result of burning fossil fuels for energy, is responsible for the denigration of public health, which disproportionately affects low-income communities, communities of color, and urban communities who most often have to deal directly with the consequences of polluting power plants and the health risks that accompany living within close proximity to these non-renewable energy sources; and

WHEREAS, Energy insecurity means forgoing food or medicine to pay for utilities, setting the home to an unsafe or unhealthy temperature, or being at risk of utility shutoff; and

WHEREAS, Low- and moderate-income households and people of color disproportionately deal with energy insecurity and often lack access to affordable energy provided by rooftop solar; and

WHEREAS, The Solar Savings Grant Program is the City's first program to support low-income homeowners to access rooftop solar; and

WHEREAS, The Solar Savings Grant Program supports low- and moderate-income households to go solar at no upfront cost through Solarize Philly. Households start seeing savings in Year 1 through a combination of a subsidy and low-cost financing; and

WHEREAS, The 2020 pilot of the Solar Savings Grant Program included 50 low- and moderate-income homeowners from 26 different zip codes. Eligibility was determined based on households earning less than 80% of Area Median Income and having paid their PECO bill on-time for 12 months. There was no minimum FICO score for participation in the pilot; and

WHEREAS, The Solar Saving...

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