Contributes to the growth of distributed energy through solar and in the future wind and other forms of renewable energy through installations based in and around population centers utilizing existing spaces. This approach reduces a communities’ carbon footprint, environmental impacts and infrastructure costs and advances energy security by spreading the risk of energy failure over a greater number of power generation centers.
Addresses historical and current barriers to the participation of low-income and people of color from the business sector and green economy. The “Imani” in Imani Energy means faith and is one of the principles of Kwanzaa. Imani is about a better future, fairness, and healing for our world.
Addresses the historic and ongoing disinvestment in people of color and low-income communities with the resultant economic disparities.
Integrates 25 years of community organization experience in low-income and community of color communities into a private sector model to generate business and deepen customer education on environmental issues and opportunities for citizen action.
Providing pathways to a variety of financing options to make solar affordable and accessible for the widest range of customers.
Great opportunity to support bringing art and solar power to our neighborhoods.
Imani Energy is partnering with a great community revitalization effort, the Watts House Project Solar Power Initiative.
Together we are working to bring solar power to the residents in Watts. To kick-off this campaign to bring renewable energy to the neighborhood, Watts House Project is asking you to help bring solar energy to one of WHP’s project participants, and one of the largest and longest living families in Watts : the Garcias.
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On October 10, 2010, Imani Energy president, Jeffrey Richardson joined Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, actress Ellen Page (Inception, Juno), 350.org, Sierra Club, Greenpeace and others at the campaign to “Kick Coal out of Los Angeles.” The focus was to raise awareness of the city’s dependence on fossil fuels and the consequences, and to turn back fossil fuel industry sponsored Propositions 23 and 26 on election day, November 2nd. These Props respectively aim to dismantle and defund AB32, the most comprehensive climate law in the nation.
Jeffrey spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 200 Los Angeles residents and activists. According to Richardson, “Our current economy, culture and technology are tragically wedded to fossil fuels. This reality distorts the politics of our city and region on issues of energy and the environment pitting large oil and coal companies against the interests of the public and environment. And I must say that globally our addiction to fossil fuels make periodic conflicts over oil inevitable and a catastrophic wars over oil a near term possibility.
The solar company executive stated that defeating Props 23 and 26 will support efforts to build clean economy jobs. “Thousands of workers in our city are unemployed. But, with a Green Economy, with solar, and wind and geothermal and the related technologies they could be put back to work in sustainable jobs,” added Richardson. “The work that has been put forth in these efforts would be undone by the dismantling of AB32.”
Imani Energy focuses on solar sector job creation and training and energy efficiency in Empowerment and Enterprise Zone communities. Imani Energy exists to ensure that low-income and people of color communities participate fully in the Green economy and is currently working to establish a solar manufacturing facility South Los Angeles.
The October 10, 2010 rally was held at the Los Angeles, City Hall and was sponsored by 350.org, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, LA Green Coalition, CicLAvia and many others.
Please get out to vote on November 2nd and vote No on Props 23 and 26th.
The international solar scene has come out if full force Tuesday and was ready to party at LA Live outside the Staples Center tonight.
Solar Power has turned it up a notch!
We had an amazing first day of Solar Power International 2010, meeting representatives of solar companies from all over the world, including Spain, Korea, Japan, Germany, France and of course from all across the US. It’s hard to imagine this event gets bigger every year, but it does. This year it covers 3 of the main halls at the LA Convention Center.
It’s all open and free to the public Wednesday night, October 13th from 5:30-8:30pm. Come on out and try to take it all in. We are in the South Hall, booth 2900 with our commercial installer, Independence Power.
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at Solar Power International 2010, October 12-14, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. It’s one of the largest and most important solar events on the planet and we are excited to be exhibiting. I’d like extend a personal invitation to you to attend the conference and visit us in booth 2900 on the tradeshow floor while you are there.
Whether you are a newcomer to the world of solar energy, or a seasoned pro, it’s vital for you to get up-to-date information on this rapidly growing and changing industry. Solar Power International 2010 is your best resource. Year after year, North America’s largest B2B solar event attracts the industry’s best and brightest from all across the globe.
Take advantage of career-boosting features…
- 1,100 booths filled with the most advanced solar innovations—PV, concentrating PV, solar thermal electric (CSP) and solar technologies. Again, you can find us in booth 2900.
- Free and open to the public Wednesday night, October 131th, 5:30-8:30pm
- Three General Sessions
- 36 conference sessions in five tracks—Policy, Markets, Finance, Technology and Cross-Cutting
- 20 pre- and post-conference workshops—intro courses for industry newcomers and more advanced courses for veterans who need to dig deeper
- Six Solar Idea Swaps—NEW this year, these small-scale one hour networking and discussion sessions are facilitated by a subject matter expert.Check out the complete conference program.
Super-charged Networking Events…
- Opening Reception—great music, fabulous food and an open bar
- Block Party at L.A. Live—red carpet experience complete with food, fun, celebrities, and much more.
I hope you’ll join us in LA!
Imani Energy, President and CEO, Jeffrey Richardson, participated in an event entitled, the Solar Leadership Roundtable, organized by the Los Angeles Business Council to bring together a cross-section of key solar leaders to present their ideas on the potential of a 600 Megawatt (MW) “CLEAN-UP LA” Solar Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program. The program is designed to move Los Angeles into national leadership in the deployment of solar power to sustain the environment and generate jobs for a strong green economy.
According to the Los Angeles Business Council, the proposed 600 MW solar FIT would be enough electricity for 137,000 typical LA households and offset 9 million tons of carbon emission. The Angeleno Group estimated that this program would generate more than $2 billion dollars in private investment over 10 years for the LA basin. UCLA’s Luskin Center also estimates that CLEAN-UP LA will produce 18,000 jobs over the program’s 10 years in construction, installation, design engineering, maintenance and administration jobs of the “new clean energy infrastructure.”
The evening’s host, LA Council President, Eric Garcetti was optimistic about the programs adoption in LA; “In a time when there has been no job growth in this economy, the fastest growing sector has been green jobs… Solar could create 1 in 4 potential full time workers [of the total currently unemployed]. Why we don’t have urgency is befuddling.” To further drive his point home, Mr. Garcetti went on to say, “Clean tech is the next industrial revolution.”
Dr. JR DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center, who spearheaded the report on the proposed solar FIT program for LA, said the city needs the program because, “it attracts clean tech development by showing the city’s commitment… It spurs economic growth by producing high wage jobs,” and “creates billions in clean tech investment.” Imani’s Jeffrey Richardson told the gathering, “For Imani’s manufacturing plans, the 600 MW FIT would create demand for our planned locally manufactured modules facility and generate more jobs. The FIT program is timely and needed.
Stay tuned to www.imanienergy.com for more program updates as they come available.
The event was held in the historic Bradley Room of Los Angeles City Hall.