5 Groups Dedicated To Delivering Clean Energy Today

Today, the fossil fuel infrastructure is steadily transitioning toward environmentally sustainable energy. Advancements in solar, wind, and other alternative sources allow communities more access to this energy through the help of many organizations. From groups bringing clean power to residents, to companies pioneering new technologies, consider the groups listed here in no particular order.

Starting with #1 is Sonoma Clean Power. Delivering clean energy to residents and businesses in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, it draws from renewable resources such as geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and biomass. The company is invested in the local communities, providing services that enhance quality of life through competitive pricing, improved air quality, and beneficial customer programs.

SCP was formed to provide a choice beyond the for-profit, investor-owned utility and a customer-owned public utility. Today, the company is a model for community choice programs throughout California. By providing higher percentages of renewable energy that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, its customers are helping to solve the climate crisis at the local level.

At #2 we have the Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership, or SAAEP. Based on key regional renewable resources, existing expertise, and established project capacity, the Partnership focuses on fostering three streams of energy development: solar, wind, and bio.

SAAEP's Solar-Friendly Municipalities Toolkit provides guidance for several key steps needed in getting solar energy installed, and for generating electricity in the community. The group's Peaks to Prairies EV Network initiative, meanwhile, is dedicated to the installation of 20 electric vehicle charging stations across Southern Alberta.

Next at #3 is the American Solar Energy Society. A non-profit organization advocating for sustainable living and 100% renewable energy, it shares information, organizes events, and provides resources to cultivate community and power progress. Through offerings such as its Solar Today magazine, conferences, Zero Emissions Network, and Tiny Watts program, ASES engages individuals, businesses, and partnering groups to advance clean power possibilities.

The Tiny Watts program aims to enroll thousands of people in a web-based platform, creating a nationwide community of small-scale applications of solar power for charging items like cell phones, laptops, lights, and cookers. The program has the goal of generating ten million watt-hours of electricity by utilizing free energy from the sun.

For #4 we have ESS Inc., which manufactures low-cost, iron-flow batteries for commercial and utility-scale power storage applications requiring over six hours of flexible capacity. The batteries use iron, salt, and water, and deliver an environmentally safe, long-life power storage solution for the world's renewable electricity infrastructure.

The company's technology utilizes a non-corrosive, non-toxic chemistry, which enables use of off-the-shelf materials. The items are made with an innovative cell design, so customers benefit from increased power density and reduced operating and manufacturing costs.

Finally, at #5 is Fresh Energy. Dedicated to accelerating Minnesota's transition to clean energy, it seeks to ensure that the region enjoys good health, a vibrant economy, and thriving communities. Fresh Energy's team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators work to develop and advance solutions that secure a sustainable future.

The organization's Energy Access & Equity program is committed to ensuring that no one is left behind in the transition to clean electricity. Promoting community solar and energy efficiency laws, it endeavors to increase access to more sustainable and efficient power for renters and low-income residents. It also involves efforts to increase opportunities for clean transportation.