Category: Heroes

#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.”

Anya Schoolman speaking at a local event about solar power

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Anya Schoolman

“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. “

John Farrell Freeing Energy Hero

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: John Farrell

“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

Dr Becca Jones-Albertus SETO DOE Department of Energy

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Becca Jones-Albertus

“I remember a home in Tibet where the walls were black with soot from the flame they burned for their light. The main lighting source was kerosene, which is really terrible for indoor air quality. It was powerful to think about the potential for solar and renewable energy to improve quality of life.”

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Deepak Divan

“I used to go and spend summers with my grandparents in a small little village in Maharashtra [India] and there was no electricity, there was no light, there was no sewage. There was nothing.

#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: 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

Jemma Green of PowerLedge is a Freeing Energy hero

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Jemma Green

“I’m very excited about the idea of working on a paradigm shift and helping to transition to low-cost, low-carbon, and stable energy, and impacting the lives of a billion people. It makes me want to get out of bed every morning and work on that.”

Andy Klump, the CEO of Clean Energy Associates

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Andy Klump

“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

#HeroesofFreeingEnergy: Samir Ibrahim

“I have tattooed on my left forearm the coordinates of the port of Zanzibar, where my family entered East Africa in 1850 as traders.” Samir Ibrahim, CEO of SunCulture