Community Power Coalition’s Mission
MCE has worked to address the specific challenges that confront historically marginalized communities within our service area in a variety of ways, such as:
- sponsoring workforce development training,
- offering low-income solar rebates, and
- providing energy efficiency installations in affordable housing units.
Low-income communities are key participants in building the future energy economy, and we believe our policies and programs, which focus on the needs of our low-income communities, may serve as a model for other California communities eager to advance sustainable development and expand access to affordable, renewable energy.
Democratic governance is core to MCE’s structure, so the Coalition’s emphasis on inclusion represents MCE’s goal to reflect the values of its diverse constituencies. The Coalition works to represent the most vulnerable communities within MCE’s service area to ensure their perspectives are incorporated into MCE’s policies, planning, and decision making processes. These include but are not limited to low-income households, and rate-payers who speak English as a non-native language (primarily Spanish speakers).
The Coalition will grow awareness about the environmental impact of MCE Solar One, as well as the workplace development opportunities it provides. MCE Solar One is the largest publicly-owned solar project in the Bay Area and is scheduled to come online in late 2016. This 10.5 megawatt solar project in Richmond will provide energy for up to 3,400 homes per year with American-made solar panels. The project will create local jobs due to an MCE-mandated 50% minimum local hire requirement (local unions welcome!).
The Coalition seeks to align MCE’s programs more closely with the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized communities through research, collaboration with grassroots organizations, and development of internal processes and capacity. With this goal in mind, the Coalition also endeavors to help MCE achieve its larger mission of advancing sustainable development and expanding access to affordable renewable energy. This extends to partnering with community and grassroots policy advocacy organizations to further statewide policy goals, and utilizing the CCA energy model as a tool for environmental justice, including:
- increasing funding opportunities for solar installations in low-income communities,
- advocating for alternative models of community solar programs, and
- reducing exit fees on disadvantaged communities.