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.
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.