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.
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 andothers 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.
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.
The paper La Opinion, interviews Imani Energy President, Jeffrey Richardson:
In Spanish. Speaking on the important moment in the US regarding what the Obama administration has done and the increased consciousness and willingness for people to hear and act on the environmental issues at hand. Jeffrey also spoke about the importance and opportunity to include communities that are typically not included in these areas of change, like low-income or people of color communities. It is essential to ensure that we include these communities as this green economy develops. The goal is that all people in all communities have an opportunity for healthy and sustainable growth.