Serenity Soular is an initiative to make solar energy affordable for North Philadelphia households and train local residents for jobs in the green economy. In the long run, Serenity Soular plans to launch a worker-owned solar installation company that would employ neighborhood residents to install solar in North Philadelphia.
We promote social justice and environmental sustainability through community solar education and our apprenticeship program. By preparing young adults to be job-ready to participate in the opportunities of the green economy, we advance the lives and welfare of North Philadelphians.
Serenity Soular aims to advance social and environmental justice and sustainable economic development in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area by
(1) promoting education and understanding about solar energy,
(2) expanding equitable access to solar energy, technology, and job training, and
(3) supporting individuals to secure employment in the green economy.
The Serenity Soular project grew from a seed that was planted in fall 2012, when Swarthmore College professor Giovanna Di Chiro connected with .O, the caregiver at Serenity House in North Philly. Professor Di Chiro saw the potential for collaboration after learning about the ideas brewing at Serenity House, which included a backyard vegetable garden, a roof for the garage, and other visions to improve the neighborhood. She then invited Swarthmore students to visit Serenity House, launching the “Sustainable Serenity” collaboration that ultimately generated the Serenity Soular concept.
Since 2014, Serenity Soular has partnered with several local organizations on solar panel installations, green job training, community outreach and more. Check out what we’ve done so far and our plans for the future.