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NYC Nonprofit Solar One Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Directors

Amy-Poster-and-Ann-DavlinAmy C. Poster, a seasoned risk and regulatory affairs executive, and Ann Davlin, Chief Strategy Officer at Dynamhex have been appointed to the Solar One Board and started their service on January 1, 2022.  These new Board members join at a time when Solar One is increasing its role in assisting New York City in reaching its ambitious climate change mitigation targets.

New York City, NY January 13, 2022 – New York City nonprofit Solar One has seen substantial growth and widespread impact of its programs in the last several years, despite the challenges of the pandemic and the virtual work environment. The Solar One Board, which provides governance oversight and strategic guidance for the organization, has appointed two new Board members, Amy C. Poster, a risk, regulatory, and governmental affairs consultant, and Ann Davlin, Chief Strategy Officer at Dynamhex, bringing total board membership to sixteen.”

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Solar One Announces Appointment of Stephen Levin as Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Levin will join Solar One as CEO as of January 10, 2022, after serving as New York City Councilmember for District 33 since 2010. He takes the helm of the organization following the retirement of Christopher J. Collins, who led Solar One for 17 years.

Stephen Levin PhotoNew York City, NY January 5, 2022 – Solar One is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Levin as Chief Executive Officer. Stephen joins Solar One after 12 years as a member of the New York City Council for District 33, serving neighborhoods of Brooklyn including Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, and parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant.

As an award-winning New York City nonprofit, Solar One is dedicated to sustainability and resiliency in urban neighborhoods and delivers a wide array of programming providing environmental education services to diverse program participants. Solar One welcomes Stephen to lead the organization in its next phase of growth, building on a strong financial foundation, highly regarded programs, strong partnerships with government agencies and community partners.

During his tenure as a Councilmember, and as Chair of the New York City Council’s General Welfare Committee, Stephen focused on ensuring homeless families and individuals have access for permanent housing and guaranteeing long term support for those in the foster care system. During his tenure, Councilmember Levin served on multiple committees including the Environmental Protection, Land Use, Cultural Affairs, Education, and Transportation committees, as well as the Land Use Subcommittee on Landmarks and Public Siting.

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Solar One Selected by the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Initiative to Advance Social and Economic Opportunity in New York City

This unrestricted grant of $500,000 will enable Solar One to strengthen our programming, bringing those most affected by environmental injustice to the forefront of developing and benefitting from the clean energy economy.

New York City, NY (December14, 2021) – Solar One was selected by Citi Foundation as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers initiative, which supports visionary organizations across the U.S. that are working to connect low-income communities and communities of color to greater social and economic opportunity. As a Community Progress Maker, Solar One will receive a multi-year, unrestricted grant of $500,000 and access to technical assistance and a supportive learning community from 2022 – 2023.

Through Citi Foundation’s support, Solar One will be able to expand and enhance its programs in K-12 environmental education, green workforce training, solar installation technical assistance, and eco-park stewardship. Through programs like these, Solar One transforms the way people think about energy, the urban environment, and resilience.

“We are truly honored to be included in this year’s cohort of grant recipients, all of whom are doing such crucial work in cities around the country,” said Solar One’s Executive Director Christopher J. Collins. “With the support of the Citi Foundation and the Community Progress Maker program, we will be able to reach more stakeholders and program participants in our community and facilitate new ways living, working, and thinking that are a crucial component of our response to a world affected by climate change. We are looking forward to connecting with other grantees and working with the Urban Institute to collectively amplify the work each our organizations do individually.”

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A Tale of Two Grids & the Plan to Connect Them

New York’s climate goals are some of the most ambitious in the nation: by law, the state needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and shift to a completely clean, emissions-free electricity economy by 2050, and get to 70% renewable generation by 2030. And to reach that goal, state agencies and private companies have been ramping up renewable energy sources like wind and solar farms. Solar One has been involved in this change almost since its inception, playing a role in getting New York’s first net metering law passed, which paved the way for a renewable revolution, and our Here Comes Solar, Green Design Lab and Workforce Training programs have all  been playing roles in this historic transition ever since, as have our staff who work on NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities program at the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Sounds pretty promising, doesn’t it? However, there’s a catch. Most of the renewable generation being developed in New York is located upstate, where space is plentiful and land is relatively cheap. But the need for power is greatest in NYC, and the transmission lines tasked with moving the power down to us just can’t handle that many electrons.

In September, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced two huge transmission-line projects to help bridge that divide, a step that environmental advocates hope is a sign that she is accelerating the state’s efforts to address climate change and environmental inequities.

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Where Was the First Rooftop Solar Panel Installation?

First Solar Panels in NYCWe haven’t done a #ThrowbackThursday post in quite a while, but lately, Solar One and our partners have been making significant progress in bringing solar power to underserved communities in New York City. But surprisingly, that’s not as new an idea as one might think.

In 1839, a young physicist in France, Edmond Becquerel, discovered the photovoltaic effect— the process that produces voltage (essentially an electric current) when exposed to light or radiant energy. Following in his footsteps, French mathematician Augustin Mouchot continued his work and started registering patents for solar-powered devices as early as the 1860s. In the U.S., inventors filed for their own patents on solar-powered devices as early as 1888.

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West Coast Wildfire Smoke Spreads All the Way to NYC

Wildfire smoke from Canada and the Western United States stretched across the continent this week, covering skies in a thick haze and triggering health alerts from Toronto to Philadelphia. Air quality remained in the unhealthy range across much of the East Coast on Wednesday morning as the haze pushed southward.

In recent weeks, a series of near-relentless heat waves and deepening drought linked to climate change have helped to fuel exploding wildfires. In southern Oregon, the Bootleg Fire grew so large and hot that it created its own weather, triggering lightning and releasing enormous amounts of smoke. But more than 80 large fires are currently burning across 13 American states, and many more are active across Canada.

Now, the effects are being felt thousands of miles from the flames.

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