Coming Clean

New committee, member program focus on energy alternatives

by Don Rodriguez

Employees experience energy savings at home by going solar through the Solarize at Work program.

As the world begins to learn more about the merits of clean energy, the Arizona Technology Council already is introducing ways for members to experience benefits in both their professional and personal lives.

The Arizona E-Mobility + Energy Ecosystem (AEEE) Committee launched in 2022 works collaboratively to ensure the uniform integration and standards between all four sectors encompassing electrification, which include battery manufacturing and life cycle, charging and re-fueling, zero-emission vehicles, and energy infrastructure.

“The e-mobility and energy space is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the world and with lots of attention—from an ESG (environmental, social and governance) side to product development—garners lots of member types,” says committee co-chair Victor Atlasman, director of engineering, charging ecosystems at Atlis Motor Vehicles. Members range from individuals to corporate, small to large businesses, and startups to Fortune 500, he says.

Atlasman shares the chair duties with Brett Dooley, account development manager at Bosch Rexroth. They stepped forward to lead the group because “we’re moving at a fast rate of pace and it’s important that we provide a platform for other bright minds and companies to work together in keeping the accelerated growth in these ever-needed sectors,” Atlasman says.

Proof of the need is the committee staging its inaugural E-Mobility and Clean Energy Summit on June 27. The event will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Building One of Skysong Innovations, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

The event is expected to bring together leading innovators, individuals and companies while providing a space for the public to interact and learn, Atlasman says.

Topics for panel discussions will include Energy Resiliency in the State of Arizona, State of Battery and Charging Manufacturing, Arizona: the Electric Motor State, and The Funding Climate for Supporting Startups and Innovation.

To learn more about the AEEE Committee and other Council committees, go here.

Also for members, the Council has partnered with national nonprofit SmartPower to launch a program called Solarize at Work. 

The program is a company-wide and company-branded, 20-week online and in-house residential solar campaign designed to educate and motivate Arizona technology company employees to be sustainable and go solar. 

This program simplifies the often-confusing process of going solar while enabling employees to save money on their energy costs while lowering their personal carbon footprint. The program gives employees all the tools they need to make a smart decision for their homes and families. 

“Clean energy and energy efficiency have long been priorities of the Council,” says Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. “By partnering with SmartPower to offer Solarize at Work to Council member company employees, we are dramatically capitalizing on Arizona’s most abundant natural resource and positioning Council member companies and their employees as local leaders in clean and renewable energy.”

Solarize at Work also is a powerful way for tech companies to enhance their relationships with their employees; help with employee recruitment; show their commitment to sustainability; and advance their environmental, social and governance goals. 

Learn more about the program.

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