The Power Local Green Jobs Campaign uses nonviolent, direct action to challenge PECO, a utility company, to take responsibility for creating jobs and benefiting local communities by making a major shift to locally generated solar power for electricity. The campaign has been joined by POWER, a broad multi-faith network of 60 congregations.
The campaign is calling on PECO to support the local economy by purchasing solar energy from Philadelphia rooftops, which will create jobs for local workers; lower electricity bills for families, schools, and churches; and make a more resilient electrical grid. This campaign proposes solutions to three critical issues: underemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
To be part of the solution, PECO must choose to:
- Dramatically increase the purchase of local rooftop solar power so that 20% of PECO's electricity comes from roofs in its service area by 2025.
- Spur solar installation on suitable roofs in high unemployment areas, starting in North Philadelphia, to economically benefit those communities.
- Prioritize installation by local workers, especially from high unemployment areas.
The first year of the campaign has a strong focus on North Philly, a set of neighborhoods with chart-topping rates of “deep poverty” and underemployment. Our goal is to ensure that families, schools, and churches reap the benefits of the “solar revolution” -- rather than just huge corporations. In subsequent years, EQAT plans to expand the campaign to the full PECO service area, building momentum for demands that could be national in scale.