Power52 was one of the sponsors for Baltimore City Schools Mentor program for new teachers. The City Schools Site Based Mentoring Program is a part of the Maryland Department of Education's Comprehensive Teacher Induction Program. Every teacher between years 1-3 receives a mentor who supports, advocates for, and gives feedback regarding personal and professional growth.
New teachers have the benefit of working with a mentor who is often a veteran teacher, with at least 5 years of experience and a plethora of resources that he/she is willing to freely give to any and all New Teachers.
During the summer academy our team endeavors to build community for the mentors in such a way that the tenets can be transferred to New Teachers across the district during the entire year. We situate the mentors from the perspective of the coach and highlight their expertise and value as life long learners and educators.
Power52 is providing renewable energy projects, jobs, and training to Baltimore's low-income communities. Citybiz had the chance to sit down with President & CEO Rob Wallace and Vice President Ray Lewis for an informative conversation about the organization.
Ray Lewis launches clean energy non-profit
By Carrie Wells Contact Reporter | The Baltimore Sun
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Monday he is leading a new clean energy non-profit organization that aims to expand access to renewable energy in low-income communities.
The non-profit, Power52, aims to build clean energy projects in low-income areas of Baltimore and produce energy that can be used by people living in them.
The projects will help provide job training in the renewable energy sector for people in the communities, the non-profit announced. It also aims to give college or trade school scholarships for low-income people.
"Power52 will not only give people opportunities, but it will also educate people so that they can understand the importance of energy independence while cutting their utility bill," Ray Lewis said in a statement.
Lewis, who retired from the Ravens in 2013, partnered with Robert D. Wallace, the son of the CEO of Bithenergy, a rapidly-growing clean energy company headquarted in Baltimore. Wallace oversees technical sales and renewable energy systems at Bithenergy. The non- profit is also partnering with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
Proposed development would lead to bill assistance and generate local job opportunities
BALTIMORE (Dec. 1, 2015) — In an effort to provide low-income residents of the Baltimore area with access to renewable energy sources, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) is seeking to develop a community solar facility. With this development, BGE would be able to offer an innovative bill assistance program by providing the benefits of the solar energy generated by the facility to program participants. The company estimates participants could save approximately $28 a month on their electric bills. BGE is requesting approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to move forward with the project and the bill assistance program. The proposed solar facility would be constructed and maintained by Power52, a recently formed company based in Maryland.
“BGE and Power52 share many of the same goals, including creating opportunities for customers to benefit from renewable energy regardless of income, providing options for lowering bills and ultimately spurring economic development in Maryland,” said BGE Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. “We look forward to the benefits this solar project will bring to our region.”
Power52 was established to develop renewable energy projects that reduce the cost of energy for low- income communities and families. “Working with BGE on this community solar initiative will help educate people on how to reduce their energy bills,” said Rob Wallace, the company’s president and chief executive officer. “This project will also provide construction jobs and long-term employment opportunities, which is part of our mission,” continued Ray Lewis, founding partner and vice president of Power52.
The collaboration supports BGE and parent company Exelon’s commitment to advancing clean energy resources. While more than 10,000 BGE customers are currently participating in rooftop solar energy, only a small percentage are customers with low incomes. If the proposed community solar facility is approved and completed in 2016, customers will be able to begin participating in the bill savings program in early 2017. Participants would be selected from a base of customers who receive energy assistance through the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP). To learn more about BGE’s energy assistance programs, visit bge.com
BGE, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural
gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
POWER52 is a Maryland based 501C3 established to provide technical and development services to create renewable energy projects aimed to reduce the cost of energy for low-income communities/families. The renewable energy projects created for the program allow the organization to offer jobs for low-income individuals in disadvantaged communities that are struggling financially; training for those interested in pursuing a career in the renewable/energy sector as well as scholarships for those individuals unable to attend a trade school or college due to lack of financial resources. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
POWER52 will provide clean energy programs and local job opportunities for the community by the community!
BALTIMORE (Nov. 30, 2015) — In an effort to provide low-income residents with access to clean/renewable energy resources, POWER52, a Maryland based 501C3, has been established to provide technical, developmental, and economic resources geared toward the development of clean/renewable energy projects. Power52 aims to reduce the cost of energy for low-income communities/families by creating access to renewable energy and clean energy programs regardless of their social economic status.
The renewable energy projects created and managed by Power52 will allow the organization to offer jobs for low-income individuals in disadvantaged communities that may be struggling financially. They will offer training for those interested in pursuing a career in the renewable/energy sector as well as scholarships for economically challenged individuals to attend a trade school or college.
“The vision is to build a real and true foundation that can start with us, but that carry on for generations.”, said Ray Lewis, Founding Partner and Vice President, Power52.
Ray goes on to say, “Power52 will not only give people opportunities, but it will also educate people so that they can understand the importance of energy independence while cutting their utility bill.”
Although Power52 will have a national footprint, its initial focus will be the mid-Atlantic region with it’s initial focus in Baltimore City.
“Power52 was created to give HOPE back to the youth in our communities. With the Baltimore Riots and the number of homicides in our communities, we realize that the impoverishment of the community stems from the lack of economic opportunity. Power52 is here to create these opportunities through education and industry.”, said Power52 President/CEO, Rob Wallace.
Power52’s clean energy projects will be built by the community, for the community, and in the community where the power is being consumed. The construction of the sites will allow for hands on training and long term employment where graduates will perform the ongoing Operation and Maintenance associated with the projects. Power52 is committed to building a pool of talented, motivated individuals who are ready to change the dynamics of the world starting with their local communities.
POWER52 is a Maryland based 501C3 established to provide technical and development services to create renewable energy projects aimed to reduce the cost of energy for low-income communities/families. The renewable energy projects created for the program allow the organization to offer jobs for low-income individuals in disadvantaged communities that are struggling financially; training for those interested in pursuing a career in the renewable/energy sector as well as scholarships for those individuals unable to attend a trade school or college due to lack of financial resources. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.