“Ideal Academy Public Charter School and BDG Renewable Energy Development (BDG) agree to demonstrate DMV’s first charter school-hosted microgrid in DC Lamond Riggs Community”

PRIVATE-COMMUNITY-PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO DEMONSTRATE SMART COMMUNITY IN DC WASHINGTON, June 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/

In a historic first of its kind for the DMV region, Ideal Academy Public Charter Academy and DC-startup BDG Renewable Energy Development, LLC., sign memorandum of understanding to transform the Lamond Riggs community toward a more sustainable and equitable energy future for area stakeholders; while saving Ideal Academy thousands of dollars in energy costs and direct more money toward achieving the school’s mission.

BDG will design, finance, and build a behind-the-meter solution for Ideal Academy that will strengthen the charter school and community energy security, improve reliability and resiliency of the Lamond Riggs area grid; maintain power and improve vital community services for area residents when service territory experiences widespread outages; increase alternative and renewable energy jobs and business creation that increases and diversifies community participation in the new energy economy; and saves area consumers money through community energy cooperatives.

Ideal Academy spokesperson stated: “This project provides the enabling environment to demonstrate how innovative school-centered partnerships in collaboration with utilities, governments, and education administrations at all levels will focus on training the new energy workforce for sustainable higher paying jobs; creating new science, technology, energy, and advanced manufacturing (STEAM) jobs; as well as spurring new sustainable energy entrepreneurs directly from the local community.

About BDG RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT BDG Renewable Energy Development is a new Special Purpose Entity set up by The Blunt Group, DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology, and Grid Development Partners. The combined group (BDG) markets Solar, Energy Storage, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, and Microgrid products and services in the DMV and throughout the US east coast. The company also provides Program Management, Energy Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Infrastructure and International Trade and Development support across the Americas, Asia, and Africa.”

Workforce Development Program

Skills & Employment

DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology invest into building strong network ties within local communities through it’s workforce development program. Designed to empower and promote economic development and sustainability our program model train and match workers to the demanding career opportunities for solar energy electricians, solar installers and solar energy sales representatives.

“Sustainable jobs, climate jobs, and jobs of the future are very important and that’s economic development in the first order. As a matter of fact, if we had enough people training for cyber security, they could fill some of the 500,000 cyber security jobs available on the market today.” – Retired Major General Roger Blunt, CEO, The Blunt Group

#raceforthearts 5K Walk/Run

DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology, is a Golden Sponsor of the 2014 #raceforthearts 5K Walk/Run fundraiser. The proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the Louis Armstrong Foundation Inc., New Orleans, La.

The mission of #raceforthearts is to “Put the Arts Back Into Our Schools”. Here at DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology we believe that we have a civic responsibility to help foster and create holistic learning environments that can transform the lives of the next generation of young people.

In 2015 #raceforthearts will offer to the School Systems an opportunity and resource that can help them raise funds for their Arts & Physical Education Departments. Schools that register to participate in the 2015 #raceforthearts 5K Walk/Run fundraiser will be eligible to receive ALL proceeds generated through their schools back into their schools Arts & Physical Education Department.

Youth Development Program

Sustainable Wellness and Art & Technology Summer Academy

The mission of the “Sustainable Wellness, Arts and Technology ” Summer Academy is to encourage our youth to explore the benefits of solar energy. It is designed to expose 90 youth to the benefits of solar energy through a series of Creative Arts, Science, Fitness and Nutrition experiences. This innovative concept takes a holistic approach to improving the quality of life in the global community by making a sound investment into the next generation of creative minds… our youth. Knowledge is Power!

The “Sustainable Wellness, Arts and Technology Academy” introduces youth ages 6 – 16 years old to the many benefits of solar energy through a Creative Arts, Technology & Wellness experience.The objective of this experience is to improve the overall quality of life for families by equipping our youth with the knowledge, information and resources needed to make healthy decisions and therefore become “Sustainable Energy Ambassadors”.

Our education model is designed to motivate, and inspire the youth to gain a better understanding of what sustainable energy can do for both the individual, and the global community at large.

Senior Program

Free Installation & System

DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology is committed giving back to the community. Our focus is not to just provide affordable renewable and “green” technology to its customers but to help those who are living on fixed incomes enjoy the benefits of solar energy. Each year we donate a free system and installation to a senior citizen or senior community center

Music Festival

With a strong commitment to both excellence, and sustainability in 2005 DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology launched a Music Scholarship Fund for students who demonstrated a commitment to their musical endeavors. Investing into the energy, and commitment of our young people is a hallmark of DirectSun Solar Energy and Technology philosophy.

DirectSun truly understands the importance of cultivating community, our vision for 2015 is to produce a series of Solar Powered Jazz and Heritage Festivals throughout country featuring a host of today’s Jazz innovators. The festival will celebrate the pioneers of the “Jazz” cultural art form and showcase emerging jazz artist, compositions, writers, historians, exhibits and show stopping performances.