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Community Grid and Electric

Honorable Mention:Space, Places, and Cities

FAC Solar

Community Grid and Electric

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Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. (FAC) is led by Executive Director Michelle de la Uz. For 40 years, FAC has served South Brooklyn as a neighborhood based comprehensive community development corporation. FAC was established in 1978 with the mission to advance economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals, as well as the power to shape the community’s future. To achieve its mission, FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities; creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability; provides student-centered adult education and literacy; organizes residents and workers; and combats displacement caused by gentrification. Affordable Housing & Community Facilities Development has been a cornerstone of FAC’s work since its inception 40 years ago. The organization has developed nearly 900 units of affordable housing in more than 100 buildings; revitalized more than 2 dozen of commercial storefronts; and has over 1,000 units in the development pipeline, representing over $500 million in direct investment in South Brooklyn and Queens Gowanus Grid & Electric (GGE) was founded by Kedin Kilgore to build, own and operate community solar projects in New York City. aGGE is creating a versatile template for local energy investments serving New York City's low- to moderate- Income (LMI) families. The GGE plan for shared solar projects in New York combines rooftop solar installations with remote community solar and integrated energy management to maximize the benefits of solar for tenants living in multi-family and affordable housing buildings. GGE created and is the lead developer for FAC Solar. Brooklyn Solar Works (BSW) provides innovative solar options for a variety of urban residential property types. Through innovative approaches to design, customer engagement and regulatory compliance, BSW is built to overcome critical barriers that have limited solar adoption in Brooklyn. Nonprofit technical assistance provider Solar One’s mission is to provide education and resources that create more sustainable and resilient urban environments. Through its Here Comes Solar program, Solar One provides comprehensive technical assistance to multifamily building owners, affordable housing providers, and community groups to facilitate solar projects in New York City’s underserved markets.

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