HBCU Clean Energy Consortium
HBCU Clean Energy Consortium
HBCU Clean Energy Consortium

HBCU Clean Energy Consortium



From Our Campuses to Your Communities

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Team Information

Team Lead
Ron Butler
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Project Description

Project / Program Description

The HBCU Clean Energy Consortium Community Demonstration Initiative will promote the adoption of solar projects on HBCU campuses and pilot innovative solutions to make solar accessible to low and moderate income (LMI) households in HBCU communities.

The HBCU Consortium is comprised of schools located in economically challenged cities that are representative of a wide variety of low-income and minority communities. The schools participating in the HBCU Consortium Demonstration Initiative include: Prairie View A&M University, Southern University System (New Orleans & Shreveport Campuses), University of the Virgin Islands, Florida Memorial University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morgan State University, Coppin State University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The HBCU Consortium Demonstration Initiative is comprised of multiple projects in the following areas:

  • K-12 Education: Project Example- Solar Energy Workshops (Elementary School) & Solar Energy Institute (High School)
  • Awareness Campaigns: Ex- Community education in partnership with housing communities
  • University Curriculum: Ex- Develop Certificate, Minor, and/or Major in Renewable/Solar Energy  
  • Research on Solar and Renewable Energy: Ex- Research project on increasing the efficiency of solar panels
  • Community Solar: Ex- Solar Energy Campaign and Community Development Task Force weatherizing and installing solar on low-income homes
  • Campus Solar: Ex- Green Power Demonstration House serving as the hub for education, training and community outreach on solar and renewable technology within region
  • Synergy Projects: Ex- New Closed Loop Cooling System on university campus
  • Exploration Projects: Ex- Explore the feasibility of a solar farm
  • Training: Ex- Expand workforce development project training in solar energy
  • Certification: Ex- North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Certification Program
  • Business Start-ups: Ex- Creation of a solar manufacturing business and a solar installation/weatherization business

The HBCU Clean Energy Consortium is energized to be part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge. After the successful completion of this initial Demonstration Initiative, the Consortium aims to replicate the models developed to additional HBCUs. Being able to leverage the skills and experience of a national team is a major strength of the HBCU Consortium Demonstration Initiative.