FirstLight is proud to co-sponsor two “Revolutionary Power” fellows, Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru and Daysia Charles. The summer fellowships were announced on February 18 at an event featuring Shalanda Baker, the author of “Revolutionary Power: An Activist’s Guide to the Energy Transition” and the Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Revolutionary Power fellows will receive training and mentorship and will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate, masters-degree, and PhD students. Research projects may include investigating utility justice, access to electricity during the California wildfires, BIPOC access to rooftop solar and community solar, and utility shutoffs in communities of color. The fellowships were supported by the American Association of Blacks in Energy Boston Chapter, New England Women in Energy and the Environment, Revision Energy, Bluewave Solar, and FirstLight Power.
“We are proud to sponsor this important research and contribute to the careers of these remarkable young women” said Len Greene, Director of Government Affairs and Communications “Equity of access to the clean energy transition, both in our workforce and in our communities, is a core goal for FirstLight. We are also particularly proud that these young women hail from Connecticut and Massachusetts, where FirstLight operates.”