On average, low-income households must spend about a fifth of their total income on energy-related expenses, straining already tight budgets. Since 2000, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) has been providing solar energy assistance to low-income families and communities as a sustainable solution to energy poverty.
RREAL delivers on its mission with two programs; Solar Assistance (SA) and Education and Community Outreach (ECO). RREAL’s SA forms partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, Community Action Partners, utilities, faith-based organizations, and many others to deliver solar to low-income folks locally, nationally, and internationally. ECO offers a variety of educational and community outreach opportunities, including inclusive solar workforce training, STEAM-based curriculum for schools, and presentations like this one. RREAL has installed 1.5 megawatts of solar on Minnesota schools and their national SA offering,
Community Solar for Community Action (CS4CA) program was a winner of the US Department of Energy's Solar in Your Community Challenge.
Vicki O'Day — Vicki O’Day's early career spanned twenty years in the financial services industry where she helped people invest for their futures then later focused on development of new products and services. She’s an active advocate for advancing the clean energy economy and transforming money consciousness. At RREAL, Vicki is the Development Director, she manages the CS4CA program and works with community development leaders in creating strategies and social impact finance mechanisms to build resilient futures that mitigate energy poverty and combat climate change.
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