“Solarize” programs are popping up across the country — making it easier and cheaper for homeowners to install solar panels. In Carborro North Carolina, that means free home assessments, tax breaks, and group discounts. Environmental scientist and resident Rob Pinder launched the program locally.
Home ownership has been an important vehicle in creating a solid white middle class, but it has not done the same for most black homeowners, because blacks and whites buy homes in very different neighborhoods. Research shows that homes in majority black neighborhoods do not appreciate as much as homes in overwhelmingly white neighborhoods.