Last summer, just a couple of months before Montecito Journal’s 2nd annual The Giving List book was published, Clean Coalition’s […more…]
Executive Director: Craig Lewis
The Clean Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid through technical, policy, and project development expertise.
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Transitioning to renewable energy is critical to fighting climate change, and maximizing local renewable sources makes communities resilient. While our Santa Barbara region is incredibly special, the grid is alarmingly vulnerable to natural disasters. Our family foundation has supported the Clean Coalition for the past decade. The organization’s leadership, vision, and initiative has demonstrated that clean energy innovations can benefit our local region and also serve as a model for communities across the country.
Schools are vital for educating our children in safe and healthy environments, and they also provide refuge to the broader communities in times of need. It has been a pleasure to work with the Clean Coalition to get Santa Barbara Unified schools primed for the indefinite resilience delivered by Solar Microgrids, along with tremendous economic and environmental benefits. The Solar Microgrids facilitated by the Clean Coalition are state of the art, and I am thrilled that these will show the way for schools throughout the region and well beyond.
Expanding the Reach of Clean Energy
Our donors are stewards of the environment who are bold and forward-thinking. Our donors are leaders who care for their neighbors and invest in future generations.
Last year the Clean Coalition needed $250,000 to support our efforts throughout the Santa Barbara region. This year we are asking for $500,000 to expand our reach to North County schools and critical community facilities throughout the Central Coast over the next two years.
Funding will go towards the salaries of those conducting studies and dealing with regulatory policy at the state and local levels. Policy innovations that govern interconnection and Community Microgrids are particularly vital to unleashing clean local energy, and the Clean Coalition is working diligently to create the conditions for more solar-driven microgrids and the economic, environmental, and resilience benefits that come with them.
Many more renewables-driven microgrids are required to reach our goal of total energy resilience, and you are important to making this happen.
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