#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Vikram Aggarwal

Growing up in India, I experienced the shortage of electricity very personally. We did not have access to uninterrupted, good quality power. The thing that always bothered me was a thermal power plant I could see from my house. It was burning coal to produce electricity for the City of Delhi.”

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Gabriela Herculano

“I close my eyes and I can almost see – I can see the world in 2030 being fundamentally a different place. Cars, as we know them, will cease to exist. They’ll be computerized power plants on wheels. It will change everything, and it’s going to be extremely fast.”

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Luis Reyes

“What gets me most excited is that we’re finally going to deliver a product that anyone in the United States can use, and the world. We’re breaking down these old myths that this can’t be done, when here in north central New Mexico, we’re doing it.”

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Jorge Elizondo

“I started a small wind turbine company in Mexico. And then in 2010, we discovered that solar panels were just getting so cheap that small wind turbines were a hard sell. So I got into MIT, moved from Mexico to the U.S., and completed my PhD on the question, ‘If you could build the grid again, how would you build it?’

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Chris Riley

“I grew up in a small town in central Utah that is very much a rural coal mining community. My father is a third-generation coal miner. My grandfather was a lifetime coal miner and his grandfather was a lifetime coal miner, all in the West around Wyoming and Utah.”

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Anya Schoolman

Anya Schoolman speaking at a local event about solar power

“It really started out innocently. Walter and Diego saw ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ and they came back saying, ‘We can’t wait for the government. The government’s never going to solve our problems. We need to do something today. Let’s go solar.’”

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Wendy Philleo

“Our theory of change is that Americans need to know that there are solutions out there. We are telling a new energy narrative around economic prosperity, around energy freedom, around resiliency and innovation. We’re trying to tell that new energy story. “