Low-income households in Belgium will financially benefit from 400,000 solar panels
By helping two birds with one hand, a new program in Belgium seeks to reduce emissions and give low-income households a little financial boost. Thousands of social housing units will receive 400,000 solar panels via an investment of 150 million euros.
In fact, we should say it helps three birds – given the conflict in Europe and the energy challenges beginning with Russia shutting down gas pipelines, a lot more solar power can help reduce dependence on this gas.
“We are definitely in an energy crisis and people are scared,” said Sven Van Elst, chief executive of Aster. euro news. Aster is the company that will implement this solar project on social housing. Along with energy challenges, higher prices will be a pain for everyone, but they will hit and threaten low-income households the hardest. “They don’t know if they will be able to afford the heating this winter. They don’t know if they will be able to turn on the lights when their children have to do their homework this winter. So, as a social housing sector, we absolutely have to do something about this.
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— Francisco Beirao (@fbeirao) September 9, 2022
“When our social tenants need energy and they start using energy when the sun is shining, they will benefit because the Flemish government will decide the tariffs they will have to pay for this solar energy, but they are insured that these tariffs will always be lower than social tariffs and commercial tariffs,” added Van Elst.
It’s not too often that you have projects that contribute to environmental, economic and social goals. But this story fits the bill perfectly.
Moreover, while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a totally devastating affront to humanity – harming Ukrainians first, then Russians, but also people everywhere – it is always best to seek good opportunities in parodies and challenges. That’s part of what’s going on here. For more on this broader topic, read: Europe’s energy crisis will be short-lived and will reap rewards.
Image presented courtesy of Aster.
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