Community systems offer alternative paths for solar growth

  • Operations director Ken Reineccius of Pax Christi Catholic Community poses Aug. 19 beside rows of solar panels atop the church roof in Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Ahmad Kian, president of Apadana Solar Technologies, poses Aug. 20 beneath a "community solar" garden his company designed for installation atop a downtown parking garage in Minneapolis. The installation consists of 3,760 panels on a parking deck overlooking the Twins' baseball stadium. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS — Strolling his church’s rooftop among 630 solar panels, Bishop Richard Howell Jr. acknowledged climate change isn’t the most pressing concern for his predominantly Black congregation — even though it disproportionately harms people of color and the poor.