Nicole Sitaraman, Senior Manager, Public Policy. Sunrun.

Nicole Sitaraman is a Senior Manager on Sunrun‘s Public Policy team. She leads rooftop solar engagement in regulatory and legislative affairs in states like NJ, PA, MD as well as DC. She joined Sunrun after serving in the Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia. 

It is such a pleasure to work alongside Nicole at Sunrun. Nicole is clear-eyed in her vision of environmental justice and solar access. She has a heart of gold; a heart proudly worn on her sleeve. We could all learn a bit from her energy, her joy, and her unrelenting search for a clean energy future that truly benefits and includes all.

Nicole’s submission: 

MY POWER. Nija, Beyoncé, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Lag.

They’ll never take my power, my power, my power

“This refrain throughout the song gives me so much life. This song is a drumbeat of self-determination and empowerment – exactly what is driving consumers to take back control of their energy consumption and reject the old top-down approach for energy procurement and planning. The people want solar. The people want energy democracy. And the people are proclaiming that ‘they’ll never take [their] power’ to choose local clean energy solutions.” – Nicole

 

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Rosalind Jackson, Managing Director of External Relations, Vote Solar

Rosalind Jackson manages public communications for Vote Solar. Since 2008, she joined the Vote Solar team, building up campaigns around the country, and helping give individual advocates into a powerful voice for solar. While she heads up an amazing national communications and member team, she also finds time to stay active in improving her backyard, by serving on the board of bay.org. Admire that energy and balancing of advocacy work!

Rosalind’s submissions: “In very different ways, these songs both touch on so much of what inspires my work on a daily basis: The intersectionality of the climate crisis and its clean energy solutions as well as the strength and courage of women and marginalized people of all kinds who are demanding positive change.”

Lizzo, Good as Hell

“Any solar advocate knows, this work is HARD. We are trying to transform one of the most powerful and entrenched industries on the planet – so when I need a recharge, I do my hair toss and listen to the queen of self-actualization Lizzo’s “Good as Hell” to shake off whatever is standing in my way:”

I do my hair toss, check my nails
Baby how you feelin’? (Feelin’ good as hell)
Woo, child, tired of the bullshit
Go on, dust your shoulders off, keep it moving
You know you a star, you can touch the sky
I know that it’s hard, but you have to try

 

Sean Hayes, This is Happening

“And when I’m feeling more reflective, I love This is Happening, a soulful protest song written by local Bay Area musician, Sean Hayes, in honor of his wife’s participation in the 2017 Women’s March. It gets solar cred because it was also the anthem to the Redford Center’s film Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, which captured the extraordinary power of ordinary people – in this case, Nevadans – to drive solar progress against powerful opposition.”

Yes, this is happening.
Every day is another way to make things right.
Oh, this is happening.
Every day is another way to make things right.
She’s out walking now for what’s good.
Put her body on the line.
She’s not hiding; she’s out fighting.
To rise.

 

Listen to the full #SolarMusicMonday playlist HERE.

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Tyson Grinstead, Director, Public Policy. Sunrun.

Tyson Grinstead joined the Sunrun policy team at the beginning of 2015, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him to advance rooftop. While he calls the Southeast home, and serves as South Carolina’s Richland County GOP Executive Committeeman, he has helped so many throughout the country how to successfully extend a hand across the aisle in support of solar. Tyson’s tenacity to continue to find fair, equitable solar solutions for South Carolina residents interested in solar has helped other like-minded representatives stand up for solar rights.

And this type of coalition is fully on display in the photo of the 2018 well-attended solar rights rally at the South Carolina State House, which paved the way for the Energy Freedom Act in 2019.

Tyson’s submissions: 

“I think both of these songs speak to being the underdog and the new, disruptive technology in a part of the country where change comes slowly. Lots of times it would be easier for our advocates to compromise our protect their relationships, but instead, many have chosen to stand up for what is right and fight for customer choice. Their strength and resolve over the last few years helped us pass the Energy Freedom Act in South Carolina, and get wins in other states that where David somehow beat Goliath!”

This is Me, The Greatest Showman

“The Greatest Showman was big just before our 2018 solar rally in South Carolina and was one of the songs that kept playing in my head during the event – especially the lyrics: I won’t let them break me down to dust. I know that there’s a place for us. For we are glorious.”

 

You’ve Got to Stand for Something, Aaron Tippin

“And, of course, as a country fan, Aaron Tippin was also right there during these battles:
He’d say you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.
You’ve got to be your own man not a puppet on a string.
Never compromise what’s right and uphold your family name.
You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” 

– Tyson

 

Listen to the full #SolarMusicMonday playlist HERE.

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