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Donnel Baird: White House Champion of Change

Donnel Baird is the founder and CEO of BlocPower, and early stage startup that markets, finances, and installs solar and energy efficiency retrofits in churches, synagogues, non-profits, and small businesses in financially underserved neighborhoods. BlocPower connects portfolios of these clean tech installation opportunities to impact investors via an online marketplace. Donnel is an Echoing Green/Open Society Foundation BMA Fellow and the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Jalia Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in for-profits with a social and ...

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Solar Industry Jump-Starts a Revival in California

Those include BrightCurrent, which helps funnel residential solar customers to installation companies; Standard Microgrid, which is bringing solar systems combined with storage to underserved communities in Africa; BlocPower, which aims to aggregate nonprofit, small business and property owners into groups to buy lower-cost solar and energy efficiency projects; and a company is called What Up that is working on financial services software that would make solar leases more readily available to customers with less-than-stellar credit. Read the full article by ...

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New Skills on the Block: Green Jobs for Young Black Men

Lack of job opportunities for young black men is a serious problem. But so is an inability for small businesses and nonprofits to find the money to retrofit and green their operations, along with the urgent need to slash CO2 emissions. Donnel Baird’s fledgling New York City-based startup BlocPower aims to do something about all of those problems. “We’re targeting jobs, carbon emission reduction and financial returns,” he says. “It’s complex.” See full article by Anne Field for Forbes.com here.

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Green Push Reaches Barbershops and Bodegas

Mr. Nuru turned to BlocPower, a nonprofit group that performed a “green audit” on his 17-year-old barbershop.  As a result of the inspection, he was convinced to replace the lights in his shop with more efficient, longer-lasting options. The audit estimated that a one-time lighting investment of between $3,000 and $5,000 would save the barber between $450 and $2,000 a year on his energy bills, said Decker Ngongang, a program manager at Echoing Green…   Read the full article by ...

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