In early October, the Clean Coalition participated in BaySplash, an inaugural event hosted by the EcoCenter in Bayview-Hunters Point–a community partner on our Hunters Point Community Microgrid Project. Recently, the Clean Coalition has supported EcoCenter staff in developing curriculum for their climate change programs. BaySplash was filled with technology demonstrations, science activities, and artistic performance. The event also included participation from fellow Hunters Point Community Microgrid Project partner, the A. Philip Randolph Institute San Francisco, an organization that offers clean energy job training.
The Clean Coalition staff was on hand at BaySplash to share information about our Hunters Point Community Microgrid Project with more than 100 community members. Once deployed, the Hunters Point Community Microgrid Project is expected to bring $100 million in local wages to the Bayview-Hunters Point community, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 billion pounds over the next 20 years.
Also in October, the Clean Coalition met with numerous Bayview-Hunters Point residents, small business owners, and faith leaders, in a joint exercise to plan for community resilience. Churches, community centers, and small businesses were identified as key sites for power backup during times of outages because of the vitality they bring to the community and the key resources they provide.
Once the community has finalized its list of critical sites in Bayview-Hunters Point, the Clean Coalition is committed to ensuring these facilities have an indefinite supply of renewable power in order to operate even when the grid is down. We have recently demonstrated how this is possible through our Long Island Community Microgrid Project and will continue to seek out grid resilience opportunities across the country.