Solarize South Dallas
Solarize South Dallas
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Solarize South Dallas

Solarize South Dallas

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Dallas, TX

Fostering a Viable Clean Economy in South Dallas Through Community-Based Solar

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Team Lead
Lucas Martin
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Texas

Project Description

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Goals:

The “Solarize South Dallas” project-focused team had created a road-map in the 75215 zip code region, for community-based solar & group purchasing agreements. Our goal is to administer the total electricity capacity of 100-500 kW in 18-months. By partnering with local faith-based groups and non-profit organizations, we will be able to aggregate 30 low-to-moderate income residential projects and 15 non-profit projects.

Our Innovation:

Good Faith Impact Fund (GFI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, designed to hold the funds for the "solarize" project. Good Faith Impact Fund is the non-profit affiliate of the for-profit Good Faith Energy, a Dallas-based solar panel installation company that contributes a percentage of profits from internal sales in high income communities, towards community initiatives in low income communities. Good Faith Energy has relationships with manufacturing companies of industry leading solar PV equipment & panels. 

Good Faith Impact Fund, will administer this "solarize" project as an economic stimulus initiative that will spur the development of South Dallas's low-to-moderate income. The proposed solar projects will be installed by local South Dallas residents (local veterans, church goers, and ex-offenders) that we train, as our team creates a network of a qualified solar workforce in the region. 

About Zip Code 75215:

There are about 12,000 households and 700 businesses in zip code 75215. While wealth shapes the image of Dallas, the percentage of Dallas residents living below the poverty line grew from 18 percent to 24 percent over the past decade. About one-half of the households in 75215 have incomes under the Federal Poverty Level for a family of four ($23,550). Zip code 75215 is the most impoverished district in the city. 

Despite these challenges, 75215 is a region of immense culture and diversity. Each year, the Texas State Fair is held at the the local Fair Park. The fair brings thousands of visitors to the destination. Our team believes in the power of community solar to uplift the neighborhoods surrounding the fair grounds; to foster a vibrant & clean economy. The "Solarize South Dallas" project will be used to catalyze local interest surrounding sustainability upgrades, clean technology innovation, and smart grid research. Dallas, Texas is one of the largest business & real estate markets in the country. Our team is poised to expand solar access in South Dallas, a transitionally under-served market.

Community Partners Include:

Good Faith Energy, a solar energy developer based in Dallas, Texas. Good Faith Energy focuses on residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) developments and battery storage projects. Good Faith Energy's mission is to lead local transformations towards a clean energy economy and has installed a capacity of 110.055 kW in 2016. Good Faith Energy's role will be to source top quality solar panels, equipment, and designs for community solar & local projects.

Zip Code Connection, a North Texas non-profit, focused on alleviating poverty through reconciliation and the creation of local connections. One of their key focus areas is in the South Dallas/Fair Park zip code of 75215. Zip Code Connection's role this project is to connect our "solarize" team to the churches and non-profits in the area that are interested in community solar. They will also ensure that programming goes toward the the earning capacity of low-to-moderate income community neighbors, leading to sustainable community transformations. Zip Code Connection is working with Forward Planning, LLC to launch the South Dallas/Fair Park Entrepreneur Center, to foster new business & economic developments in the region.

Miles of Freedom, a South Dallas based non-profit, focused on workforce development and career consulting for formerly incarcerated individuals. Miles to Freedom's role will be to assist with a holistic approach to workforce training, that addresses the empowerment of individuals who may struggle to re-enter the workforce. They will also help us connect to other community training and education partners.

Other Partners: Good Faith Impact Fund has had initial meetings with other community stakeholders who have displayed interest in supporting our team. These groups include: the North Texas Renewable Energy Group (NTREG), North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), local veterans groups, potential PACE financing partners, employees at the City of Dallas, directors at the State Fair of Texas, local university professors (Southern Methodist University/The Hunt Institute), and other community community groups such as the South Dallas/Fair Park Public Improvement District (PID). We have identified local properties for the pilot of solar developments will begin planned developments following our community solar workshop planned for the spring.

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Project Updates

* March, 2017: Raised $5,000 through a crowdfunding campaign on Generosity and from local sponsors. 

* April, 2017: Successfully trained 15 local residents in solar development and OSHA safety. Hosted employer meet-and-greet. 

* May, 2017: Accepted into SunShot SIYC.

* June, 2017: Utilizing solar graduates to conduct site-assessments for 2 display homes to be featured on the DFW Solar Home Tour in October.

* August, 2017: Received $10,000 through a Fighter Fund grant from the Solutions Project to promote 100% clean energy and environmental justice programming.

* September, 2017: Raised about $600 during North Texas Giving Day.

* October, 2017: Helped host a "Sustainable Education Hub" at the MLK Center in South Dallas during the DFW Solar Home Tour. During the tour, a live solar build of 2.36 kW was completed by our April graduates. The build was open to the public.

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