The journey to 100% renewable energy has just begun. While each day more households, companies, and cities step forward, we have a lot of ground to cover in a short period of time. Policy change and stronger relationships at the state-level are key to ensuring everyone can equally access the benefits of clean energy.
The Solutions Project accelerates the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy for all people and purpose by 2050. By leveraging the latest science on available renewable energy sources, the Solutions Project works to connect business, community, and government in support of policies that raise the bar for affordable and stable energy.
Since 2014, through deep partnership with LDF, the Solutions Project has made over $1.5 million in direct grants to community organizations that are leading the charge for 100% renewable energy in areas such as California, Iowa, New York, and the Standing Rock Reservation. These grants were distributed through two funds at the Solutions Project: The Fighter Fund and the Leadership Fund.
The Fighter Fund grants to rapid response efforts to frontline leaders, which has produced incredible results. For example:
· Community leaders in Los Angeles, CA deployed innovative marketing tactics in the city to engage 50,000 working class Angelinos in the RePower LA campaign to move LA into a leadership position on renewable energy adoption across the state of CA
· Community leaders in New York, NY launched a community solar project in Brooklyn with community leadership and industry expertise at a critical moment when NY was deciding a state-wide shared renewables program to scale these projects
The Leadership Fund grants to strategies that build power for communities on the frontlines of climate change. It is motivated by the vision, successes, painful losses and moral clarity of those at the frontlines of fracking, coal mining, oil drilling, and fossil fuel power plants. The Fund invests in those leaders and actions that voice the struggle and build the movement into a force for those impacted.
In addition to these two funds, the Solutions Project is launching new fund in 2018, titled the Ecosystem Fund. This fund aims to provide larger, one-time capacity building grants to anchor community-led organizations to strengthen their network to act on climate change.