Sigora Solar and aligned organizations create Green Business Alliance to reach local climate goals
Sigora Solar, a residential and commercial solar energy company based in Virginia, joined Community Climate Collaborative (C3) and 15 fellow community business leaders to launch a Green Business Alliance (GBA) at a recent press conference with Governor Ralph Northam. The GBA has more than 2,300 corporate members in Central Virginia and has a goal of reducing emissions by 45% over the next four years.
Virginia recently imposed a 100% clean energy target by 2045 through the Clean Economy Act (VCEA), a piece of legislation that Sigora Solar defended in conjunction with other industry members. The VCEA and the GBA both align with a newly established national goal for the United States to create a ‘carbon-free’ energy sector by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
“I am honored to represent Sigora Solar in this ambitious climate initiative,” said Sarah Nerette, director of energy efficiency and sustainability at Sigora Solar. “As leaders in our community committed to reducing emissions by applying more renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Green Business Alliance was a natural fit for Sigora. It enables passionate companies like ours to prioritize environmental health and move the economy towards a cleaner future. “
At the federal, state and local levels, these climate goals enable meaningful and diverse job creation in an industry that continues to create hundreds of thousands of well-paid career opportunities, Sigora Solar said in a press release.
Nerette, a Haitian-born civil engineer, heads the sustainability committee at Sigora Solar and specializes in sustainable development and green building, having obtained LEED Green Associate accreditation. She is also a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), a national association of energy professionals that ensures that black people and other minorities are involved in the development of energy policies.
Sigora’s business model promotes both residential and commercial solar, while being tracked with national job trends, which currently represent 55% of 67% of all industry jobs.
The National Solar Job Census 2020, published by SEIA this month, reported that women now represent 30% of a previously male-dominated workforce, as well as a significant improvement in job creation for minority demographics. Over that 5-year period since 2015, the study shows a 39% increase for women, a 92% increase for Hispanic or Latino workers, an 18% increase for Asia-America and Pacific Islander employees, and an increase of 73% for Black or African Americans. workers.
Founded in 2011, Sigora Solar was named Solar Power World’s “Most Forward-Thinking Company” in 2019. Currently, Sigora’s executive leadership is on gender equality and the company is made up of approximately 35% women and 25% non-whites. Sigora, a national leader in the clean energy transition, is looking for new members to join the team. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply here.
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