2022 Top Solar Changemaker: Micah Gold-Markel, Solar States
The Solar Power World editorial team is proud to continue our Top Solar Champions awards program that began in 2021. These four awards, open to anyone employed by Top Solar Contractor companies, highlight talent in the industry in a variety of skill areas.
The 2022 Top Solar Changemakers prize winner is Micah Gold-Markel, founder of solar statesa Philadelphia-based solar installation company.
Making positive changes to the solar industry is in Gold-Markel’s DNA. In 2008, he founded Solar States as a B Corp with the dual purpose of installing solar energy and educating the next generation about the technology. After attending a speech by Green for All attorney Van Jones, he took it one step further, striving to bring underserved communities into the green economy.
“Micah and his Solar States team have built the ramp to the ‘green collar economy’ for inner-city Philadelphians.” – Marilyn Candeloro, Efficiency Manager, Solar States
True to this plan, Gold-Markel led Solar States to partner with the Philadelphia Energy Authority and other organizations to create the “Find Your Power” curriculum, a free 38-lesson program for anyone interested in building a solar energy. become an installer. Since its launch, the Gold-Markel team has trained hundreds of high school students and adults in installing solar energy. A number of Find Your Power graduates are now employed by Solar States, some holding positions as master electricians or solar designers.
Those who work at Solar States have access to healthcare benefits and profit-sharing opportunities. Gold-Markel’s dedication and drive have opened the door to a stable solar career for many people who might not have had access otherwise.