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Please join us in reimagining the American Factory in the 21 st century
“Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes? One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life and dedicate ourselves to that.” - Joseph Campbell
1. Who we are and what we have done
After 6 years of planning, we are now opening the first non-profit solar panel assembly factory in the world in Pomona, California. It is the prototype factory, designed to be replicable in other disadvantaged cities across the U.S. We are currently in discussions with 12 other cities who also want to fight global warming by providing renewable power for the entire city, bring back middle-class manufacturing jobs from overseas, regenerate our local economies, and provide free solar energy for the poorest neighborhoods in our communities.
We are combining cutting-edge patented technology, an enlightened non-profit business model, deep community engagement, and Art to reimagine the American Factory in the 21 st Century.
- Physicists and Electrical Engineers at Harvey Mudd College have validated the technology with 2 years of field trials and computational modeling. Peer-reviewed white papers are now being written.
- Factory start-up costs are funded by local donations, philanthropy, and grants ($1M) and a line item budget allotment from the State of California ($2.1M) for all the machines and tooling.
- We are supported by the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), John Randolph and Dora Haines Foundation, United States Department of Energy (DOE), Cities of Pomona and Claremont, Pomona Unified School District, America’s Job Center, Goodwill Industries and 50 other local and regional organizations.
- Prototype factory in Pomona California will be producing solar panels for internal testing in October of 2020 and NTL approved solar panels for the marketplace by February 2021.
- We are currently in discussion with 2 cities in Oregon, 2 cities in New Jersey, 2 cities in Michigan, a city in West Virginia (coal country), and 7 cities in California (all in the highest negative environmentally impacted areas on the CalEnviroScreen 3.0 map)
- Each factory will create 700 direct and indirect jobs and provide free energy for 6,000 low-to-moderate income (LMI) families.
2. Art in the Factory
Why Art – This is a pilot factory, a model for factories around the country. Our team of local and international artists have gathered together to support CHERP’s mission of creating the world’s first non-profit solar factory to bring living-wage jobs to our community, reduce greenhouse gasses on a massive scale, and to create environmental/social justice.
What are we doing?
-Creating the prototype art projects and concepts to be replicated in factories across the US.
- Giant murals depicting representations of the science of photovoltaics
- Sound attenuating and harmonizing dampers, microphones, and computers to modulate factory sounds for the workers
- A skylight installation with specially designed prisms that will send shafts of rainbows throughout the factory
- Engagement with the Pomona Unified School District (22,000 students, 22% of whom live in poverty) to create on-going community STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) projects
- Designate the factory as a gallery/museum with ongoing installations addressing the technology of renewable energy and its critical mission in addressing climate change
- Combine visual and auditory (music and sound harmonizing/humanizing) experiences with the goal of making the factory an exciting and healing place to work
3. What we need - $25,000
4. Calls to Action
Want to be our partner in bringing a radical shift in reimagining the American Factory in the 21 st Century?
- Help us fund this prototype project
- Share this campaign with everyone you know
Each person donating $200 or more gets a free CHERP T-shirt
CHERP-Locally Grown Power (TM) is a project of CHERP, Inc., a California based 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise.