Solar energy can serve as a vehicle for change, helping transform communities burdened with high energy costs and high unemployment into centers of innovation, prosperity, and hope. Our team believes in the potential of solar to change lives and thatâ€™s why we committed to an important project as part of the Clinton Global Initiative: â€œFrom Coal to Solar & Storage: Education Through Innovationâ€.
The Clinton Global Initiative – an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation – convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the worldâ€™s most pressing challenges. Jason Bak, our Chairman and CEO, was first invited to join CGI in 2006.
At the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York, Solar Alliance was highlighted by President Bill Clinton for its commitment to build a 500 kW community solar generation and battery storage project in Southern Illinois that will include a solar industry workforce redevelopment program for unemployed former coal industry workers.
The project will target a community in Illinois impacted by high electricity rates and high unemployment in the coal sector. It will strengthen the community by providing clean solar power, resilient battery backup, and lower electricity costs, while building capacity and providing a high value skill set to an underemployed workforce.
This commitment addresses several interconnected issues: the high cost of energy, underemployment in the coal industry, air pollution caused by fossil fuel-burning power plants, rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the need to integrate renewable energy sources into utility systems. Among basic necessities, increases in residential energy costs have the most regressive impact on low-income households.
The Commitment can be view at:Â https://www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global-initiative/commitments/coal-solar-storage-education-through-innovation
Improving life through ingenuity, simplicity and freedom of choice. Thatâ€™s our goal at Solar Alliance.