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White House launch urban rooftop solar plan in Baltimore

White House launch urban rooftop solar plan in Baltimore

The Obama administration announced a series of measures in Baltimore on Tuesday intended to help low-income communities across the nation tap into solar power, and it significantly expanded its commitment to using renewable energy in federally subsidized housing.

Gathered behind a rowhome in East Baltimore, local and federal officials said they hope to encourage projects that allow multiple homes to draw off a single set of solar panels. And the White House tripled its goal of renewable energy produced in federal housing to 300 megawatts by 2020.

“We are in a time when paychecks seem to be shrinking while utility bills are going up,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a...

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