An innovative organization fighting energy poverty with solar since 2000, RREAL is removing systemic barriers to energy sovereignty among disadvantaged communities. We are empowering lowincome communities by making the benefits of solar energy accessible to all.
Founded in the small garage of a lowincome individual seeking a better solution to his energy poverty, RREAL has evolved beyond its humble origins to an innovative national nonprofit serving community across the upper Midwest and beyond. RREAL has served thousands of households, hundreds of service organizations, schools, hospitals, and economically disadvantaged communities.
As a first mover in the lowincome solar space and a national thought leader on matters of energy equity, our efforts are providing economic opportunities for lowincome families while demonstrating that solar is a powerful tool in the fight against poverty.
40 million Americans live in energy poverty and must choose between home energy and other basic needs such as housing and health care. In extreme cases, energy poverty presents the impossible choice of heating or eating. The community living in energy poverty is diverse and includes individuals of all ages and ethnicities. Native and rural communities are particularly hard hit due to higher costs of energy. Although few know of the pervasive problem of energy poverty, the geography is broad, and the demographics are diverse.
RREAL's community are those living in energy poverty facing the choices between home energy and other basicneeds as the agencies that serve them. Our community also includes those individuals seeking access to the benefits of clean energy and the solar workforce yet have few opportunities to do so.