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Lower 9th leads city in solar permits and production

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  The New Orleans Sierra Club released a report July 16 showing the Lower 9th Ward leads the city in solar energy production. According to the report, since 2007, 10 percent of solar permits issued by the city were for Lower 9th Ward residences — five times more solar permits than the rest of New Orleans.

  The report says 12 percent of homes in the neighborhood are permitted for solar installation, with average monthly electric bill savings of $45. Neighborhoodwide, the savings amount to more than $16,000. Between January 2007 and March 2013, the city has issued 2,594 solar permits, of which 247 are in the Lower 9th Ward. The Make it Right Foundation alone has installed 95 solar arrays.

  The Sierra Club estimates that over the next 25 years, the neighborhood will prevent 38,790 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.

— Alex Woodward

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