Solar Offers Former LA Gang Members a Bright New Path


Here at Vote Solar we work day in and day out on the policies that help solar thrive. We are passionate about our work – but it’s easy to get buried in a world of regulatory dockets and draft legislation. Which is why we sure appreciate a reminder of what solar power means to the daily lives of those it touches.

The June issue of Photon Magazine does just that with a truly moving article by Chris Warren about Homeboy Industries, the Los Angeles non-profit that provides job training for former gang members who have been in prison. The article (you can read a copy here) provides a window on the stories of people who have turned their lives around, thanks to the opportunity to join the growing local solar industry.

As Warren writes, solar has the power to transform individual lives as well as to transform our energy systems and fight climate change. That’s one more valuable reason that leaders in the city’s government and at the LA Department of Water and Power should keep building on their recent momentum in coming years, boosting solar development across LA and in the process creating jobs that provide opportunities and inspiration for Angelenos of all stripes.

Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream.

About Author

Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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