Commitment to Action

From Coal to Solar + Storage: Education through Innovation

Commitment by

Solar Alliance Energy Inc.

In 2016, Solar Alliance Energy committed to build a 500 kW community solar generation and battery storage project that will include a solar industry workforce redevelopment program for unemployed former coal industry workers. The pilot project will take place over 2.5 years and will target a community in Southern Illinois that is impacted by high unemployment in the coal sector and high electricity rates. The pilot project will strengthen the community by providing clean solar power, resilient battery backup, and lower electricity costs, while building capacity and providing high-value skills training and employment to 41 community members. This commitment will serve as a replicable model designed to address several interconnected issues: the high cost of energy, underemployment in the coal industry, air pollution caused by fossil fuel-burning power plants, rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the need to integrate renewable energy sources into utility systems.

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Commitment

From Coal to Solar + Storage: Education through Innovation

Launched

2016

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$4,500,000

Region

Northern America

Countries

United States

Commitment by

Solar Alliance Energy Inc.