“Bringing the next generation of energy technology to all Americans requires not just dollars but innovation and creativity,” said Marc Ott, executive director of ICMA, the Challenge’s prize administrator. “The Solar in Your Community Challenge meets this need through the power of local ideas and is yet another successful example of what’s possible through local and Federal cooperation.”

Bread, milk, fruit, veggies, beans, cereal…some of the items that may make their way to our grocery lists. For most, selecting these items is fairly accessible. Sacramento County provides many choices for shoppers to gather these items with a variety of stores to shop at, brands to purchase and local farms supplying fresh produce; however, many families still have food insecurities. In Sacramento County, 15.6% (230,210) of residents are food insecure, which is four percent higher than California as a whole.

This month we celebrate the completion of our Inspire Giving project, a program by the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation. Inspire Giving is a charitable fund that seeks to support and grow the spirit of giving in the Capital Region. Our project expanded our employer placement network and provided job readiness programming to our trainees looking to find solar careers - 88% of our trainees from the project found employment.