This webinar was held on May 4, 2021, at 11 a.m. ET and featured Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm announcing over $15 million in new funding to support equitable solar deployment by addressing the barriers people face in accessing the benefits of solar, through technical assistance, community solar, and workforce development. Webinar topics included:

Guest Speakers

  • Jennifer M. Granholm, Energy Secretary
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Shalanda Baker, Deputy Director for Energy Justice
  • Becca Jones-Albertus, Director of the Solar Energy Technologies Office
  • Jennifer Kropke, Director of Energy Jobs
  • Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Sylvester Taylor, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1
  • Van Vincent, President and CEO of VLV Development
  • Bryan Garcia, CEO of Connecticut Green Bank
  • Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower

Webinar Recording

View the recording. (passcode: CF^APB9?). Use Google Chrome for best viewing results. The webinar transcript is forthcoming - check back soon!

You can also view the livestream on YouTube below.

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A Force for Change: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in the Solar Industry
U.S. Department of Energy
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On the southside of Chicago, an early example of community solar for low-income Americans is operating at the Dearborn Homes in the Bronzeville community, thanks in part to a DOE-funded project to support a microgrid that combines solar photovoltaics with battery storage.
U.S. Department of Energy