Currently in Chicago — May 11th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

  1. Stray Storm Early Wednesday
  2. More July Level Heat
  3. Lake Michigan A.C.

Wednesday may start off with a stray shower or thunderstorm, but most of the day should be partly sunny with highs well into the 80s. July level heat continues through Friday but a breeze off the lake will keep us cooler lakeside with highs in the 70s there. More sun expected Thursday and Friday with a chance for rain returning on Saturday but then drying out for Sunday. Highs will slide back into the upper 70s Saturday and near 70°F on Sunday.

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What you need to know, currently.

Currently published a story by Alexandra Applegate today, on the benefits of solar power in low-income communities.

“Historically, low and moderate-income communities have been left out of the move to solar — and the savings that accompany it — even though those are the households that could benefit the most,” Applegate writes. “Two-thirds of low-income households experience a high energy burden, paying around 8.6 percent of their annual income on utilities. This is three times more than what non-low-income households pay for their heat and electricity.”

“Yet, across America, people who own solar are generally more wealthy. A 2022 Lawrence Berekley report found that solar owners have an average income that is 58 percent higher than their county’s median. After all, it costs up to $30,000 to complete a solar system installation on one home. Plus, many low-income Americans are renters or their homes do not have the sufficient infrastructure to support solar panels.”

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