Franklinton Community Solar is dedicated to creating good jobs, affordable energy, and resilient community with solar power.
Franklinton’s former industrial district no longer provides a large number of jobs to our neighbors. The businesses scattered throughout the rest of the neighborhood do not provide many employment opportunities either. Furthermore, many of our neighbors face additional barriers to employment, such as limited transportation, lack of education, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues, or a criminal record, which make them unemployable in the eyes of most businesses. Through the installation of solar electric systems, we are creating good jobs that pay a fair wage in a growing industry. Those who are hired receive on-the-job training and the opportunity for permanent positions with Design Energy.
Utility costs are on the rise and projected to climb another 13% by 2020. If left unchecked, this rising cost, combined with the area’s rising housing costs, will force many of Franklinton’s residents out of the neighborhood. We are helping alleviate some of the increased economic pressure our neighbors are feeling by providing them with access to a more affordable source of energy.
Franklinton is reliant on distant and outdated power plants for its energy. This dependence makes the neighborhood’s infrastructure and our neighbors especially vulnerable to the volatility of the utilities market and its aged infrastructure. We are creating a widespread network of solar electric systems in Franklinton to provide our neighbors with new, robust energy infrastructure that provides both self-sufficiency and resilience.