Sunrun companions with 4 environmental justice organizations to advance fairness in solar
Sunrun announced four environmental justice initiatives to expand access to solar energy and its benefits. Efforts include advocating more social justice in solar policies, removing financial barriers to solar energy, and hiring workers in disadvantaged communities.
“Sunrun’s mission is to create a planet ruled by the sun,” said Lynn Jurich, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunrun Build the Future of Clean Energy. “
Sunrun Environmental Justice Partnerships:
Blacks in Green, Chicago – Sunrun and B Lack of Green (BIG), an eco-economic development organization to fight pollution and poverty in the underserved communities of Chicago, have been working together for the second year in a row. Sunrun is excited to partner with BIG to expand career opportunities in the growing solar industry. Sunrun and BIG will work together to expand access to free solar programs for income-earning families through the Illinois Solar for All program.
Grid Alternatives – Sunrun is entering its tenth year of partnership with GRID Alternatives, a national not-for-profit that brings renewable energy technology and vocational training to underserved communities. In 2019 alone, Sunrun and GRID installed 5 MW solar for 1,178 low-income families, generating $ 25 million in lifelong savings. Sunrun and GRID are offering low-income customers in areas affected by forest fires 100% free battery systems this year to provide the much-needed backup power when the grid fails. The batteries are funded through the California Equity Incentive Program (SGIP).
Rising Sun Opportunity Center – Sunrun partners with the Rising Sun Opportunity Center, an Oakland-based nonprofit career path for economic justice and climate resilience. From Oakland to Stockton to the Central Valley, the organization serves as an environmentally friendly organization for education, employment and energy efficiency in residential areas. Sunrun is also looking into recruitment opportunities through Rising Sun’s Opportunity Build program, which provides free construction training and placement for adults faced with employment barriers.
WEACT – Sunrun works with WEACT for Environmental Justice, a nationally recognized organization based in North Manhattan that advocates fair environmental health policies for people of color and low-income families. The aim of the partnership is to support state, local and federal measures that expand access to solar energy, grid stability and economic strengthening for people of color and families with low incomes.
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