Our partnerships

The benefits we’re able to bring to communities are enhanced through collaborative initiatives with our partners. At Lightsource bp, we’re excited to support and work with organizations that share our desire to create a more sustainable, resilient and equitable world for present and future generations. Below we have highlighted some of our key partners who are helping us achieve these goals.

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GRID Alternatives

Helping make solar technology and job training accessible to underserved communities

Lightsource bp is a sponsor of GRID Alternatives, a nationwide non-profit organization that is making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color.

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Root & Rebound

Supporting low-income communities and communities of color harmed by mass incarceration

Lightsource bp is a sponsor of Root & Rebound, a national non-profit committed to restoring power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation.

 

One of our team members, Tamaron Greene, serves on the board for Root & Rebound. "It is a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of a non-profit organization that believes in fostering second chances at civic engagement and social responsibility in a population of people who have often been systematically disenfranchised and for whom no other help or support is available."

- Tamaron Greene, Senior Counsel, USA

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American Solar Grazing Association

Combining solar and agriculture

Lightsource bp is a sponsor of the American Solar Grazing Association. ASGA promotes grazing sheep on solar sites to maintain the land and provide an additional source of income to local farmers. Properly managed grazing can also improve soil health and increase the cycling of nutrients, carbon, water and energy.

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Solar Energy Industries Association

Helping build a strong solar industry to power America

We believe it is important for the solar industry to work together to develop best practices and maximize solar’s environmental and economic benefits to communities At Lightsource bp, we are committed to responsibly providing clean energy to our communities.

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Colorado Solar & Storage Association

Supporting the solar industry in Colorado

The mission of COSSA is to help advance solar and storage deployments, highlight emerging trends, and improve industry connections throughout the state of Colorado. Lightsource bp is developing a 300 megawatt solar farm in Pueblo, Colorado, known as Bighorn Solar. Thanks to COSSA, the largest on-site solar facility dedicated to a single customer in the country is providing vast benefits to the state of Colorado.

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Penn State University

Driving educational opportunities

Penn State and Lightsource bp have formed an innovative partnership designed to be a national model in sustainability. Beyond the carbon reduction benefits of their solar project, Penn State and Lightsource bp have a wider mission to provide a blueprint to maximize the sustainability impacts of solar farming in the US with a comprehensive approach that fosters biodiversity, improves soil health, provides pollinator habitats, and is a long-term living laboratory for students to learn and innovate for our sustainable future.

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HandsOn Bay Area

Empowering our employees to give back to the community during COVID

This year, volunteers from Lightsource bp have partnered with HandsOn Bay Area for three virtual volunteering projects:

1. Wellness check in calls to homebound seniors who are in the high-risk category for COVID-19. The project was in support of Meals on Wheels and the services they provide to keep vulnerable homebound seniors in their homes, healthy and happy for as long as safely possible.

2. Personal “Pathway Point of View” presentations for Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers shared helpful insight they’ve gathered along their personal journey and provided guidance to students or individuals entering the workforce. The project was in support of the Boys and Girls Club mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

3. Voter outreach to text hundreds of Americans about the election. Approximately 18,000 texts were sent during as part of this project, reminding Americans to go out and vote, and providing information about voting in their local areas.

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Care and Share

Fighting hunger and food insecurity in Southern Colorado

Lightsource bp is sponsoring the Care and Share food bank’s ‘Send Hunger Packing’ backpack program at the Minnequa Elementary School in Pueblo Colorado, for the entire 2020-2021 school year. COVID has impacted communities in many ways, including an increase in children who are suffering from hunger. In October, the school which is located just a few miles away from our Bighorn Solar project began receiving 34 bags of food to distribute weekly to children facing hunger. The children will bring food home at the end of each week via pre-packed backpacks.

  • During the school year, Care and Share works with elementary and middle schools across Southern Colorado to ensure children and their family members have access to food over the weekends when school food is unavailable. School personnel help identify students who display signs of chronic hunger (stomach aches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, hoarding food from the cafeteria, etc.). At the end of the school week, these kids receive a bag full of nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to share with their family members.
  • More about Care and Share

Empowering our communities

At Lightsource bp we do our best to create solar farms that local people can be proud of.

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