Solar Leaders In Community (SLIC)
Program Summary and Expectations
SLIC is a 6-month program that seeks to position more people of color to move into the critical growing industry of solar - offering opportunities for jobs, entrepreneurship, leadership, and helping planetary survival. The program is a service-learning model as participants simultaneously receive training and work (remotely) in support of community-based organizations (CBOs) that are building capacity to implement community-owned solar projects.
Training is both 'synchronous' (i.e. together, virtually, in real-time) and 'asynchronous' (i.e. on your own time and at your own pace). It will begin with an overview of community-owned solar ("COS"), as well as a review of the program and work with the community organizations. Additional training sessions will occur over the 6 months, along with check-ins with staff of both the community group you'll be supporting, as well as staff of PSEF as the internship organizer.
Over the course of the 6 months, the training topics will include:
What is community-owned solar ("COS")? Why is COS important? What key community needs does it meet? (health, jobs, discounted energy, ownership & asset-development, ecology/sustainability)
Energy as a critical human right in the context of race, poverty, and power; and the growing movement for "energy democracy."
The current U.S energy grid and energy infrastructure, and key concepts regarding US energy policy
Key concepts regarding energy production, transmission and distribution, as well as renewable energy
Intro to the basic financial models for achieving COS
The key players in COS and the BIPOC ecosystem that needs to be nourished in order to ensure full opportunities for our communities
… and tips on nonprofit and cooperative organizational development, budgeting, event planning, etc.
SLIC participants will be compensated between $15-$18 per hour depending on their location.
All participants in SLIC are expected to maintain:
A strong interest in learning about community-owned solar and its potential benefits
Commitment to 10 working hours per week including:
2 short weekly check-ins with the Program Coordinator
4-5 hours per week in either self-guided or synchronous learning
4-5 hours of weekly support to their assigned CBOs
1 hour per month of virtual gathering with other participants
Engagement for the full 6 month term