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This is Not a Spectator Sport

10/31/17

  09:42:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 425 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Ranting

This is Not a Spectator Sport

Run on Sun is a proud member of CALSEIA - the California Solar Energy Industry Association - and its Executive Director, Bernadette Del Chiaro, is a powerful voice for the solar industry in the state.  Recently Bernadette penned a Call to Action that I wanted to share with my readers.  Titled “This is Not a Spectator Sport,” Bernadette starts with this crucial observation:

For the casual observer, energy politics in California seems easy, especially for solar and storage. What’s there not to like? The voters – left, right and in between - love it. Clean energy is a priority for top politicians. The facts and engineering are on our side. We are significant job creators and marketplace momentum is making clean energy inevitable.  Easy, right?

Wrong. Energy politics in California is anything but easy.

We understand this quite clearly, and we have been involved in numerous efforts this year - from attending a meeting at Assemblymember Holden’s Pasadena office, to participating in the lobbying day in Sacramento, to making numerous phone calls to express our concerns about various policy issues that have come up over this past year.

Sadly, some people seem to think that the solar industry is elitist, and that our clients are only the affluent, but that is far from the reality of solar.  As Bernadette noted:

The local solar and storage industry is anything but monochromatic. We are union and non-union. We are rural and urban. We are big and small. We are established and entrepreneurial. We are Republican and Democrat. There is strength in our diversity, but only if we are known to our local lawmakers….

We have far more power that we leave on the table simply because we are not fully engaged. Politics is not a spectator sport and whether you like it or not, your business is dependent on politics and policy. So, let’s stay calm, be smart, and let’s get on the field and engage.

Bernadette is right - securing positive solar policy is not a spectator sport, it requires all of us to engage.  If you are in the industry, you should belong to CALSEIA (or your local SEIA if outside of CA) - here’s the link where you can join

If you have solar at your home or business, you could join the California Solar CitiSuns to stay informed about action items that will help preserve the value of your investment.  Collectively there are hundreds of thousands of us here in California, and we can be a powerful voice, but we need to step up and get involved!  Thanks, Bernadette, for the timely reminder!

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
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