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On Sunday, people all over the world met to Occupy Rooftops. The rooftop takeover, organized by Solar Mosaic and a host of partners, was designed to inspire communities to bring solar projects to their schools, churches, nonprofits, and other community centers. In Australia, Germany, Romania, Georgia, Finland, Peru, and throughout the United States, groups of all sizes got together to plan how to solar power to their communities.
Solar Mosaic didn’t ask occupiers to physically take over the rooftops on which they’d like to see solar: it’s solar panels that should be occupying the space. All advocates needed to do was find a building that could handle solar panels and take a picture in front of it. The photos are still coming in, but it’s already clear that some people did clamber up to the roof, while others gathered inside to hear presentations from solar installers. Solar Mosaic estimates that at least 300 people participated worldwide, and the group is already considering how to improve the concept next year.
This 100-year old building in Pittsburgh houses the Environmental Charter School. The principal has already agreed to install panels on the expansive, flat roof; all that’s needed is the financing.
This youth center is in Helsinki, Finland. Pia Pässilä of Luonto-Liitto, Finland’s nature league, wrote to Solar Mosaic that “by participating in community solar day, we want to make statement that it is also possible in Finland to develop our communities towards solar power and… to give people different perspectives to energy production."
Students at the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, want solar power at their school.
Ann Arbor’s Clean Energy Coalition started XSeed Energy to support “highly visible renewable energy” installations in their community. The program depends on community donations and grants. The Michigan Theater will host the group’s first project.
Members of the Solar Mosaic team organized events in their communities and at churches around the Bay Area. They also banded together with the People’s Grocery, one of the community organizations that’s financing a solar installation through Solar Mosaic’s crowdfunding system. The food justice organization wants to put 8.6 kilowatts of solar on its building in West Oakland.
These are just a sampling of the groups and individuals who came out this weekend to advocate for solar power. Solar Mosaic is still collecting and publishing stories and pictures of solar projects around the world. Maybe there's one in your community.