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Increasing Yields By Solarizing Low-Income Communities

Saving energy through energy-efficiency improvements costs less than generating, transmitting and distributing energy from power plants, all the while providing multiple environmental benefits. Furthermore, investing in energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate protection programs is an essential way to provide a variety of benefits, including creating jobs, improving air quality and living in healthier homes. This is especially true for low-income communities, for which energy costs can contribute substantially to the overall financial burden of housing.

OYA Renewables has recently partnered with a New York affordable solar developer, on a mission to equip more than 2,500 regulated affordable housing buildings with rooftop arrays. Manish Nayar, founder & managing partner of the Toronto-based company that specializes in developing community, commercial and utility-scale solar projects in the U.S. and Canada, weighed in on the solar market industry overall, but also shared some of its benefits to the affordable housing sector.

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