The Solar Energy Industries Association is announcing its environmental justice priorities through a new policy platform. This new policy platform will support the organization’s advocacy efforts.The new policy platform outlines principles for engagement and environmental justice outcomes. The policies that the organization will support to expand equitable access to and its benefits.The document brings out new policies that expand access to clean energy and create industry jobs and workforce development training. It includes tax, climate, energy access and labour policies that build on the Solar Energy industries association’s ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice throughout the solar value chain.
Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association said that Equity and environmental justice are core values for the solar + storage industry. If we want to build an equitable clean energy economy, we need to be intentional about our advocacy. Environmental justice authorities have provided a clear roadmap, and people must follow it and advocate for the policies that support frontline communities.
Solar Energy Industries Association is committed to this work and will continue to be a leading voice for these important issues in the halls of Congress and state capitals across the country. The platform, released formally as the Solar Industry Policy Principles on Environmental Justice & Equity, includes input from members, diversity professionals, policy experts, and conversations with numerous environmental justice organizations and experts.The Solar Energy association is committed to leveraging its resources to support frontline and fenceline communities.
This work must be done with meaningful meetings with environmental justice organizations and impacted communities. The principles set communication expectations for the organization and its members on DEIJ advocacy and establish the significance of measurability so that the solar + storage industry can better realize the usefulness and reach of these operations.In the upcoming weeks, the association will work with its state and federal policy teams, members and expansive network of state and regional partners to implement both the principles and policy platform.