The Honnold Foundation donates 20-kW solar project to nonprofit rock climbing facility in Memphis
Memphis Rox (MR) and One Family Memphis (OFM), a non-profit climbing facility and community center, the Honnold Foundation (HF), a solar energy non-profit organization founded in 2012 by prominent mountaineer Alex Honnold and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), a nonprofit promoting clean, equitable energy choices in the Southeast, are teaming up to bring solar power to the heart of Soulsville, South Memphis. In the coming months, the three nonprofits will join forces to tell the story of the energy inequality in Memphis, Tennessee, demonstrate the opportunities for Memphians to lighten their energy burdens, and advocate for policy reforms to help realize these opportunities. .
Inspired by One Family Memphis and Memphis Rox’s commitment to investing in people, not profit, the Honnold Foundation will fund a 20 kW solar photovoltaic installation that will increase the annual energy consumption and costs of the community and the climbing center. 21%. As some of Memphis Rox’s energy costs are reduced, more money will be available to fulfill their mission, rather than paying expensive monthly utility bills.
“Supporting Memphis Rox is a no-brainer,” said Kate Trujillo, program director at the Honnold Foundation. “They have become an essential part of their community and are fighting for a better Memphis newspaper. This project will save them money while sending the message that affordable energy is possible for all Memphians. “
The installation is just a small example of how solar could lighten the energy burden and create a cleaner community for all Memphians. Historically, South Memphis has been subject to severe environmental inequalities. Residents of the Memphis metro area pay some of the highest utility bills in the country. Coupled with a meaningful policy change, this solar plant will catalyze environmental law reform, first in Memphis, then inspire similar reforms across Tennessee.
“We are immensely grateful for the support of the Honnold Foundation as we work together to bring solar energy to our community,” said Sarah Grai, director of One Family Memphis. “We understand that expensive energy bills are an obstacle for many families. This solar installation is about lifting the local discussion of environmental inequality, taking the lead in easing the financial barriers many Memphians face, and advocating for the environment. By supporting Memphis Rox and the Soulsville community, the Honnold Foundation proves once again that we climb higher when we climb together. “
The rooftop solar installation at Memphis Rox is currently scheduled for completion in August 2021. In the months leading up to installation, the three nonprofits will work together to highlight the energy inequalities that Memphians face on a daily basis and address local issues. and educate national audiences on the policy reforms needed to deliver sustainable change that will help Memphians create a more prosperous and healthier future.
News item from the Honnold Foundation