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FEMA will pay states to install solar panels and heat pumps

People sit in their home lit by a single donated solar lamp more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 7th, 2017, in San Isidro, Puerto Rico.  | Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it’ll start reimbursing local governments for installing solar panels and more efficient appliances after a disaster strikes.

The move can help communities prepare for another calamity by equipping them with tools that just might keep the lights on when they would otherwise suffer a power outage. It’s also a way for the US to deploy technologies that cut greenhouse gas emissions and stave off worsening climate disasters like storms, heatwaves, and wildfires.

“We need to adapt the way we are helping communities rebuild post-disaster”

“As the increase of extreme weather hazards become more severe due to climate change, we need to adapt the way we are helping communities…

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