In July of this year, White House officials stood against the backdrop of a GRID Alternatives installation in Baltimore and made a commitment to support access to clean energy and jobs in low- and middle-income communities. That statement, coming seven years after California created the nation’s first dedicated low-income solar rebate program, is a testament to how far we have come in spreading our vision of a successful transition to clean energy that includes everyone.
Everyone means people like Diana Adams, who struggled to get her life together before finding a career path in solar, and Henry Yazzie, a Navajo and Vietnam War Veteran who never had electricity before GRID installed solar on his home. It also means communities like Pacoima in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, which has some of the worst pollution in the nation, coupled with endemic poverty.
As you read about these people and communities that are benefiting from solar, imagine the transformation a truly national investment in clean energy access could bring. This is the goal we’ll be continuing to work toward in 2016, and we look forward to doing it with all of you!
|Erica Mackie, P.E., Co-Founder and CEO||Tim Sears, P.E., Co-Founder and COO|