Ecoshot:
An ambitious moonshot to accelerate ecological+economic development in our local communities

Cost-saving energy innovation is already here to transition our cities to budget-saving solutions today, while also creating local jobs and advancing community investment.Yet the key barriers for communities are:
capacity (time) + capability (know-how) + capital (funding).

We are creating an opportunity to advance public-private-people collaboration to future-proof equitable, innovative, and resilient cities.Every dollar saved from utility costs has the opportunity to be reinvested into a community's biggest needs, such as local economies, education, health, and more.

Why local communities?Cities, counties, school districts, colleges, and nonprofits are experiencing rising energy costs, impacting their short-term and long-term budgets. Local tax dollars are being given to utilities, instead of being invested locally. Many rural and underserved communities don't have the internal capacity, know-how, and funding to cut their energy costs. Over the next decade, town and cities will become the center of energy jobs, resiliency, and innovation.

Who do we work with?Local Governments: We provide technical & funding assistance for underserved communities that lack the capacity and know-how to implement cost-saving energy solutions. We help create strategies around implementing: energy efficiency, solar, microgrids, electric vehicles, electric buses, biking infrastructure, and more. As fuel costs continue to rise and grid blackouts become more common, communities are looking toward cost-saving opportunities related to energy solutions and resiliency.Energy Companies: Local governments need technical assistance implementing these projects, such as installing+financing solar panels or EV charging infrastructure. We are building bridges between the public sector + the private sector.Financial Institutions: Communities need to finance these cost-saving solutions with project finance, leasing options, or grants. In many cases, energy savings can be used to repay project costs. Community banks can play a role in helping under-resourced organizations and families.Grantwriters: The latest federal legislation is bringing billions of $$$ to local communities, so we are connecting local governments to grants and grant writers with these time-sensitive funding opportunities.Philanthropy: Major philanthropists & corporations are committing philanthropic funding to meet their sustainability goals. We believe an opportunity exists to invest in local communities with cost-saving initiatives, instead of the typical tree-planting initiatives, to move the needle on economic, workforce, and community development in under-resourced cities.

About

Stuart Powell

Stuart is an author, consultant, and startup founder, based in the rural community of Oxford, North Carolina.In 2018, he released his book Ecoshot, a national vision to move America to a clean economy in order to be a key global player and compete with China. Many of his national ideas have become a reality through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Through EcoX Advisors, he is now working to connect under-resourced communities to federal/state programs, incentives, grants, and cost-saving solutions.The conversation around energy innovation involves helping communities cut rising energy costs to create long-term "sustainable budgets". Stuart grew up and currently lives in a rural, underserved community, so he sees first-hand the barriers to implementation that many similar communities face and the impacts aging infrastruction and high-energy costs has on financial budgets.Stuart previously worked at a policy advisory firm in Washington, DC. He later transitioned into sustainability by joining a mobility startup TransLoc, which was acquired by Ford. Stuart is also an advisor and board member with several organizations, including Climate Changemakers, Hope House, and the local Boys & Girls Club.

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We assist with strategic planning on cost-saving opportunities, including energy solutions, grants, incentives, and financing opportunities, so if your community needs assistance, reach out below and we will get back to you shortly.


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