#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Abby Hopper

“I was an EMT and then, when I went to college, I joined the rescue squad and I became a firefighter as well. After college I became a lawyer by training, so immediately prior to entering the energy industry, I was a divorce litigator.

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: John Farrell

John Farrell Freeing Energy Hero

“We think that energy democracy means figuring out how to create the rules of a system so that people can have that decision-making power. The biggest problem about monopoly utilities is that they have too much political power to write the rules of the system in which they operate.” John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Andrew “Birchy” Birch

“I was born in the Highlands of Scotland, and I didn’t see the sun for four months…  Later, I discovered what solar was going to do to the energy industry, and saw the math.” Andrew “Birchy” Birch, Co-Founder of OpenSolar

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Dr. Jemma Green

“I said, ‘I’m a returning Western Australian. My background’s in banking and sustainability, and I want to build an eco-village in Perth.'” Dr. Jemma Green, Co-founder of Power Ledger

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Andy Klump

Andy Klump, the CEO of Clean Energy Associates

“I grew up in St. Louis where my father was a taxi driver for 44 years…I pretty much had to bootstrap a lot of my own funds as a kid…” Andy Klump, CEO of Clean Energy Associates