Can We Get Solar Power To Everyone Who Wants It?

Can We Get Solar Power To Everyone Who Wants It?

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By the end of 2016, the US was home to over 1 million household and commercial solar energy operations, with 4 times as many solar panels installed that year compared to just four years earlier. But if you don’t own the roof over your head, or can’t afford this kind of upgrade, are you left out of the solar energy revolution?

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Host: Talia Buford, ProPublica
Writer: Darcy Gentleman
Creative Director: David Schulte
Editors/Animator: Mark Rodriguez
Producers: Stephanie Noone & Amanda Fox
Story Editor: Alex Reich
Editor-In-Chief: Joe Hanson


Produced by PBS Digital Studios
Theme Music: Eric Friend/Optical Audio
Music: APM
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