Friday, October 21
The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) and Disadvantaged Communities Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (DAC-SASH) programs incentivize solar panel installation on single-family and multi-family residences and provide green workforce development opportunities across California. The newer San Diego Solar Equity Program (SDSEP) is focused on providing access to solar for San Diego residential customers in Communities of Concern, as defined by the City of San Diego’s Climate Equity Index. Collectively, these programs have millions of dollars to provide financial incentives for residents that need it the most. Furthermore, the San Diego region has the potential to unlock the benefits of these programs while making strides in achieving decarbonization, equitable development, and clean energy goals.
Fabiola (Fabi) Lao is the Senior Equity Policy Manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE). She is CSE’s lead expert and advisor on climate equity principles and strategies in legislative and regulatory policies related to electric vehicles (EVs) and clean energy. Fabi partners and collaborates with various stakeholders, including elected officials, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and equity advocates. Prior to her current role, Fabi was CSE’s Senior Transportation Policy Manager, where she led the organization’s statewide policy efforts in California related to EV adoption and charging infrastructure. She has over 15 years of environmental justice and equity experience across a variety of issues, including community engagement, air quality and access to green spaces. Before joining CSE, Fabi was Deputy Policy Director at the Coalition for Clean Air, where she was responsible for the organization’s climate justice and equity work in the Los Angeles region. She was also the lead organizer for the Sierra Club where she led a campaign’s organizing and outreach efforts that were instrumental in the designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Fabi earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Public Health concentration) and Spanish from UC Berkeley.
Eddie Price is a Native of California who has been on the forefront of Economic Equity for over 25 years. Mr. Price spent his early years were in Oakland. Eventually, he moved to San Diego and hit the ground running. Realizing there was a lack of economics activity involving African Americans he started the San Diego Urban Economic Corporation. This non-profit was instrumental in filling a number of voids relating to support for communities, including small business development. It was under Mr. Price leadership that The San Diego Black Business weekend was initiated. His current position is the Public Policy and Community/Corporate Development, and Workforce Development for GRID Alternatives. This is the perfect fit for Mr. Price because they have a triple bottom line, People, Planet, Employment. He has excelled in his position and led the development of the strategy, which has tripled the number of households in underserved communities receiving affordable solar energy, as well as instituting a workforce development curriculum for Communities of Concern.
Mai Fang is a dynamic outreach coordinator with extensive background in sustainable development and energy efficiency. As part of the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) Program Administration Team, Mai coordinates logistics for SOMAH educational events and workshops, data tracking and management. Mai leads the charge on stakeholder outreach, including engaging and building partnerships with local governments to share how the SOMAH program can benefit communities and help meet local climate goals.
Mai has over 15+ years’ experience in business administration and more than 10 years in the sustainable and green construction field specializing in residential energy and water efficiency. Her knowledge in building science and sustainable practices enable her to provide comprehensive outreach and education to homeowners and renters. Beyond involvement in the SOMAH program, Mai has also worked on energy efficiency and distributed generation programs such as the Home Energy Score Assessor Training Program, Homeowner Energy Efficiency and Solar Workshops, Home Energy and Water Tune-up and Home Energy Upgrade Community Workshops.
Monica de la Cruz supports the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program as the Marketing, Education & Outreach Coordinator at GRID Alternatives. Prior to joining GRID, Monica conducted community-centered outreach for the SOMAH program in San Diego's environmental justice communities with the Environmental Health Coalition. Monica is native to San Diego County and holds a B.A. in Literature and Cultural Studies from University of California San Diego.