On September 18, members of the White House’s Office of Domestic Climate Policy celebrated National Clean Energy Week with their boots on the ground, or better put, on the roof. After weeks of President Biden urging the rebuilding of the West following catastrophic wildfires and while working tirelessly to push through the bipartisan and transformative infrastructure bill, the idea of A team break was to visit a community solar project in Washington, DC’s Ward 8 with local clean energy company New Columbia Solar, where White House staff put on helmets and installed solar panels.

“The climate crisis has a powerful way of bringing us together when we see these impacts,” Deputy Director of the White House Office on Domestic Climate Policy Ali Zaidi said of Hurricane Ida and the wildfires. in California. “And what’s so exciting is seeing us coming together around solutions to this crisis. So yes, we have to unite and face these wildfires and storms and stand together as communities as we rebuild, but we have to come together and build back better every day in our communities. “

On Saturday, the team joined the local clean energy company and affordable housing owners to come together around a clean energy solution and bring a 374kW solar panel to an underprivileged community in the district.

As the White House office on home climate policy visited the community solar site, they met and learned from workers who participated in local training path programs, including some who credit solar power for their have provided a career path that might not otherwise have been available to them.

“For me, growing up in DC, I always felt the need to give back to my hometown,” said Cristian Blanco, installer at New Columbia Solar. “Joining New Columbia Solar allowed me to do just that – the chance to do something positive for my community. “

By taking an interest in a local community solar project, White House staff were able to bring together clean energy professionals, residents of an affordable housing community, homeowners and local decision makers, who were able to celebrate together positive results after years of local efforts.

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