Who We Are


We are a nonprofit led by women of color.

Est. 2014


How We Are Different

We revolutionize the energy system by centering climate-impacted communities through clean energy projects, policy advocacy, and education.

Our Mission

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We must do what’s right, not what is easy, to build trust and center communities. We are rebuilding the current extractive energy system by centering people in climate-impacted communities. We hold ourselves and each other accountable to the people we serve, not to profit. Energy Allies is committed to prioritizing diverse perspectives in a just transition to clean energy.


A research-driven approach to problem-solving through piloting new solutions. Creativity, curiosity, and adaptability are key to advocating for climate, economic, and racial justice. Energy Allies pushes the boundaries of the status quo by co-designing innovative solutions that cultivate access and accountability in the energy system.


An inclusive, accountable environment that facilitates respect, compassion, empathy, and gratitude across academia, clean energy development & finance, community organizing and policy. Us, all, our loved ones, our neighbors, a localization of humanity. Energy Allies connects with our communities to understand and reduce barriers in the energy system by co-designing clean energy solutions that enhance people's power to break the reliance on fossil fuels.


When energy is not determined by race, education, or economic status. Energy Allies increases transparency to build a movement with the power to dismantle the authority and exploitation of the extractive energy system through disseminating information to climate-impacted communities.


Energy justice is impossible to achieve without confronting racial injustice. Energy Allies believes in a just transition led by climate-impacted communities provided with the knowledge and tools to succeed.

Our Vision

To co-design a just energy transition that serves all communities

Why Community-Led?

We believe a community-led transition can dismantle monopoly power and authority in the current extractive energy system to build wealth in climate-impacted communities.

Our Story

In 2014, we were founded by Steph Speirs and Sandhya Murali, on the belief that every household should be able to access affordable clean energy. Since our founding, our board seats a majority of women of color, qualifying Solstice Initiative as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). In 2022 and beyond, our Executive Director Yesenia Rivera leads us in centering climate-impacted communities through clean energy projects, policy, and education.

What they say


Community members lead the decision-making on our clean energy projects.
"The beauty of collaborating with multiple people and organizations is they bring different perspectives and ideas that you wouldn’t have been able to think of on your own."
"Hats off to Solstice Initiative for really leaning in to understand how we can make an entire decision-making process typically involved in a solar development project more community-focused and community-centric."

Our Impact


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Inclusive Energy Research

In 2022, Energy Allies raised over $270,000 to expand research into how to make our energy system more inclusive.
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Community Advisory Board

In 2022, Energy Allies committed 45% of our project funding to facilitating our Boston Community Solar Cooperative.
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In 2022, Energy Allies raised $75,000 to develop our energy system educational programming and resources.
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Community-led project technical assistance

In 2022, Energy Allies raised $360,124 for clean energy projects led by and for communities.

Our Staff

Yesenia Rivera

Executive Director

Ben Bailey

Director of Development

Diana Eddowes

Program Director

Eli Goldman

Program Manager

Cassan Aurelie

Communications Manager

Eve Lukens-Day

Program Coordinator

Bubotu Hachitapika

Community Engagement Coordinator

Cat Beckstrand

Development Associate

Allie Ricks

Operations Associate

Chhimi Sherpa

Energy Equity Fellow

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