The Westside Housing Organization is a respected community development corporation in operation for over 45 years that works at the intersection of housing, health, energy, and equity. Westside is currently working to overcome barriers to solar energy in their community and to build projects that will provide both economic and environmental benefit. Westside is working with a technical consultant to complete a site assessment and design for what they hope will be Kansas City’s first community solar project to be located on a five-acre underdeveloped lot they own. Their consultant has helped them identify several challenges and while they will continue to work toward community solar development in Kansas City, Westside is installing solar on two of their affordable housing properties in order to reduce electricity costs for residents and the organization. Additionally, they are hosting community events to educate residents on solar and are engaging with the local utility and the City of Kansas City to further the conversation on solar access. Westside is growing their technical skills in solar and is becoming a solar leader in their community. Learn more at westsidehousing.org and follow them at @WestsideHousin1.
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