Solar developer IGS Energy today announced a $ 1.2 million grant fund to help nonprofits accelerate the adoption of renewable energy for all.
Starting on Earth Day, the “Subsidy program for clean energy for everyone is open to all qualified non-profit organizations for projects that expand access to renewable energy to help mitigate the effects of climate change. It aims to ensure that the benefits of renewable energy – healthier communities, workforce development and a strong economy, to name a few – are available to all in a fair and equitable way.
“We believe that investing in improved access to renewable energy not only helps mitigate the impacts of climate change, but it also enables consumers to save money while strengthening the local economy,” said Jen Bowden, vice-president. president of Social Impact at IGS Energy. “As a renewable energy supplier, we feel a great responsibility to invest in projects that help consumers reduce their carbon footprint by connecting them with the resources to get started.”
The data is clear when it comes to climate change and the lack of wide access to the benefits of renewable energy in disadvantaged communities:
- Climate change represents the most serious existential threat to humanity, according to one report published by ClimateWorks FoundationLess than 2% of annual global donations are aimed at mitigating climate change.
- To be considered affordable, utility bills cannot exceed 6% of a person’s income. But energy costs now represent 20% or more of income for many of the poorest Americans (source: Independent Institute).
- Clean energy jobs paid 25% more than the national median wage in 2019 (source: Clean Jobs, Better Jobs Report).
- The clean energy economy’s workforce is older, dominated by male workers, and lacks racial diversity compared to all occupations nationally. Recent data shows that fewer than 20% of workers in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors are women, while black workers fill less than 10% of those jobs (source: The Brookings Institution).
To help combat these disproportionate results, IGS Energy created the Clean Energy for All grant program that invests directly in organizations and projects designed to:
- Educating individuals about the environmental impacts of energy consumption;
- Help people develop plans to address energy-related environmental issues;
- Support underrepresented populations to progress within energy-related fields of study and with vocational training and placements; and
- Increase access to renewable energy for households, communities and nonprofits
Eligible projects must be action-oriented, identify specific goals and outcomes that can be effectively measured to evaluate success, and work towards an inclusive and diverse transition to renewable energy. Applications will be accepted from Earth Day through June 11, 2021. Grant recipients will be notified in August. Click here for more information about the program and to access the application.
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