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White House Honors Co-Founder of Albany Nonprofit Solar Installation Company

Tim Sears of Albany and Erica Mackie founded GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar installation company.

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An East-Bay man is set to receive honors from the White House today for co-founding the country's largest nonprofit solar installation company.

President Barack Obama launched a plan in June of 2013 to cut carbon pollution and advance clean energy.
 
The Climate Action Plan established a goal of doubling solar, wind and geothermal electricity by 2020. Today, the White House Solar Summit is honoring what they call their Champions of Change, who are helping to further the president's energy goals.

One of those being honored is Tim Sears of Albany. Sears and Erica Mackie together founded GRID Alternatives, and help make solar energy available to low-income families. The company has also provided 15,000 people with solar-panel installation training and job experience.
 
Today's event was streamed live on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live at 6 a.m.

—By Bay City News

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