All the finalists at the Oakland Indie Awards were proud businesses and artists of Oakland that do wonderful things here in our community. But some go beyond our East Bay city-some do work that impacts the United States as a whole.
Sungevity is one of those nominees. Sungevity is a solar panel business based in Jack London Square that allows clients to lease solar panels for their roof as well as purchase them. In doing so, Sungevity hopes to democratize solar panels by providing access to solar energy to a wider-based clientele. Sungevity hopes this will make solar panels more widely used throughout the United States.
Another way Sungevity is working to spread interest and awareness about solar panels is to get them back on the White House. Solar panels used to be on the White House during the Carter administration, but came down during the first Bush administration. Sungevity wants to get them back on. They sent a letter to the Obamas and started a website, http://solaronthewhitehouse.com/, where you can learn more and sign a petition to get involved. According to Sungevity, the goal of this campaign and petition is “to drive awareness of the ease and affordability now available to homeowners and the dramatic effects it can have on not only slowing global warming, but also saving consumers money on their monthly power bill.”
You can learn more about Sungevity on their website. And to learn about their push to get solar on the White House, check out solaronthewhitehouse.com.