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After Ricky Gass Went To Jail, He Learned A New Trade That'll Earn Him $100K This Year — 'I Just Wanted To Change My Life'

You might not think that a solar panel installer can make a six-figure salary. But Ricky Gass of Linden, NJ, is proving that he’s the exception to the rule. In an interview with CNBC, Gas explained that he’s on track to six figures thanks to his varying rates. The prevailing rate for someone like him is $22/hour, but depending on the job, he can command as much as $65/hour. What’s more, he said, he is on target to make $100,000 this year if things continue going according to plan. “By state, by state law, if it’s over one megawatt, it has to be prevailing wage. The amount of panels that we’re getting ready to do is over one megawatt, it’s automatically prevailing wage. The jobs that we take that are under one megawatt are considered non-rate, which is $22 an hour. Prevailing wages is $65 when non-rate is $22,” he explained to the outlet. As a certified solar roof installer, Gass said that he was pleased to be in a position where he felt like he was “really helping people.” He’s held...

LL COOL J Honored With Solar-Powered Statue In Queens — And, A Black Artist Is Behind It

Technology can be a sight to see, especially in this case, when it’s a site honoring a Hip-Hop great. LL COOL J will be honored in his hometown of Queens, New York with a new solar-powered bronze statue per reports from OkayPlayer. The rapper, born James Todd Smith, will be preserved in the likeness of his debut 1980s era and will be located in the middle of David Dinkins Circle located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Shanique Yates

Jan 6, 2022

Young Thug Nudges Elon Musk To 'Make Slime City Solar Powered'

If shooting your shot leads to a partnership with one of the world’s most innovative and successful entrepreneurs, you just might be onto something. On Tuesday, Oct. 19, Young Thug shared on his Twitter platform his interest to make Slime City “solar powered” with the help of Elon Musk. I wanna make Slime City solar powered wya @elonmusk — Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) October 19, 2021 The launch of his highly anticipated album “Punk” isn’t slowing down the rapper’s plan to invest in his newly acquired land Slime City. As AfroTech previously reported, Thugger partnered with software company Adobe to launch a contest for creators to reveal what “punk” signifies to them. The digital footprints were used for a custom jacket design inspired by the album. Just one week after the “Go Crazy” rapper’s birthday on Aug. 16, he was gifted 100 acres of land located in a heavily wooded area with a massive lake by his manager Geoff Ogunlesi in celebration of the Big 30. The Atlanta rapper has...

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 21, 2021

After Contemplating On Investing In Jewelry, Juicy J Invests In A Solar Energy Merger Worth $2B Instead

2 Chainz and Juicy J are in the solar game. According to Vibe, the Atlanta-based rapper and the Oscar-winning Three 6 Mafia founder have invested in a solar energy merger that’s reportedly worth $2 billion. The outlet reports that the two rappers have invested in Heliogen, which will partner with SPAC Athena Technology Acquisition Corp, led by Phyllis Newhouse, one of the most powerful Black women in the cybersecurity industry, and the founder and CEO of Xtreme Solutions. Both rappers announced their participation in the merger on their respective social media accounts. Juicy J was the first to make the announcement, claiming that he was going to initially invest his money in jewelry before deciding to invest in solar energy instead. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Juicy J (@juicyj) “I was gonna buy a moissanite diamond watch but i decided to invest the money in a huge operation,” Juicy J said on Instagram. 2 Chainz also announced his participation in the merger on...

Meet Kristal Hansley, the First Black Woman to Own A Solar Energy Company

Meet Kristal Hansley, the first-ever Black woman to own a community solar energy company! According to Black Business , Hansley, founder of WeSolar and an advocate for the use of solar power, knows how solar energy has helped thousands of low-to-moderate income families save on their electricity expenses. She says this is what motivated her to get her company established that is “dedicated to specifically opening community solar farms in neighborhoods like Baltimore.” While she focuses on neighborhoods in Baltimore, she specifically wants to help families in underserved areas save on their utility bills. “During my time leading the Community Affairs policy at Congresswoman Eleanor Norton’s office, Maryland passed new laws to increase the use of solar energy across the state. I saw how effectively solar could reduce the cost of electricity for households, and decided to get involved in the emerging world of community solar,” Hansley told Black Enterprise . Her aim as the first Black...

Shanique Yates

Sep 21, 2020