- Distributed power generation—brings energy production closer to the people
- Leveraging solar installation for job creation
- Creating opportunities for low-income commnities and people of color in the Green Economy
- Affirming the humanity of workers
- Protecting the planet through clean, renewable energy generation
Advanced PV Installer Training program at East LA Skills Center.
Directed by board member Brian Hurd.
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.
Coming Next Week!
SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONAL
Come join Imani Energy, October 13th for a free, open to the public glimpse into the wide world of solar.
World Leaders in Solar Power solutions will be here in Los Angeles to show what solar power can do for your homes, businesses, non-profits, communities and the world.
We will be at Booth 2900
Special Thanks to the Sierra Club and the Los Angeles Business Council who asked Imani Energy to be a part of what was billed as “the world’s largest grassroots solar event,” October 2nd, to represent and help showcase innovative green buildings and homes and what solar can help cities like LA accomplish.
A very special thanks to those home owners on the tour that not only open their homes for the day but more importantly first made the decision to put solar power to work for them, their community and the environment.
Imani CEO Jeffrey Richardson on the cover of the Business Section of the Los Angeles Times.
- Los Angeles Time Business Section Article with Imani CEO Jeffrey Richardson