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pv magazine: Start-up plans solar manufacturing in disadvantaged communities

An ambitious startup, CHERP, seeks to launch a new ‘no hot spot’ panel, using non-profit micro solar module assembly facilities, to be distributed across disadvantaged communities. CHERP stands for Community Home Energy Revolution Project.

In a presentation hosted by Seneca Solar, CHERP put forth their nationwide vision to deploy 1,000 factories, each producing 100,000 solar modules per year. CHERP says each turnkey facility will cost about $6 million to put in place and will employ approximately 91 people.

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Inside CHERP solar panel factory

Triple Pundit: CHERP: The Nonprofit Providing Free Solar Power to Low-Income Households

It almost sounds too good to be true — clean, renewable energy that stimulates economic activity in underserved communities across the United States. Add to that, the solar panels being constructed by CHERP Solar Works are some of the most technologically advanced on the market, and — wait for it — they will provide free solar energy to the lowest income households across U.S. communities.

So wait, what’s the catch?

No catch. This nonprofit organization wants to change the traditional relationship between energy providers and energy users. They want to put ownership back in the community’s hands. To do this, they’ve also enlisted the help of Seneca Solar, which has recently worked with Indigenous communities in the U.S. so that they can become owners of their own energy assets.

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Drawdown Labs: Askov Finlayson, Etsy and Lyft join Drawdown Labs’ groundbreaking climate solutions consortium

Five new implementation partners—Doughnut Economics Action Lab, Evergreen Action, Rewiring America, Seneca Solar, and The Outdoor Policy Outfit—also join the effort to turn the tide on climate change. Implementation partners help Drawdown Labs work with its business partners and other businesses committed to helping the world achieve drawdown. Read press release >

Solar panels installed on Seneca Nation land provide innovative renewable energy solutions

Triple Pundit: Seneca Nation’s Journey to Bring Energy Sovereignty to Indigenous Communities

One company is changing the way Indigenous communities interact with energy companies. Helping communities become owners of their energy assets and doing so in an environmentally responsible way is the mission for Seneca Solar. Read full article >

Solar panels from below

Solar Power World: Seneca Nation of Indians starts new solar installation branch

Seneca Solar, the energy solutions division of Seneca Holdings, announced a new partnership with Alternative Energy Development Group (AEDG), a developer of commercial- and industrial-scale clean energy projects. Together, the companies will collaborate on their Earth-healing work in service of Indigenous communities in the United States and around the world. Read full article >