Donnel Baird

Donnel Baird 2012 Black Male Achievement Fellow


Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development


North America, United States

Donnel Baird 2012 Black Male Achievement Fellow

Bold Idea 

Create jobs for black men and reduce costs for community organizations by leveraging community-led solar and weatherization retrofits for churches and nonprofits.

BlocPower aggregates groups of consumers--like Groupon--to negotiate energy savings, pricing discounts, and community hiring quotas with renewable and energy efficiency firms.

Donnel Baird is the founder of BlocPower, a startup that markets, finances and installs solar and energy efficiency technology to help houses of worship, non-profits, small businesses and multifamily projects to slash their energy costs. Donnel spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn and one year as a voter contact director for Obama For America. He managed a national Change to Win/LIUNA campaign to leverage Dept. of Energy energy efficiency financing to create green construction jobs for out of work populations. He partnered with the Washington Interfaith Network to generate a $100m government investment in underserved communities in the District of Columbia. Donnel has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School. BlocPower is backed by Kapor Capital and Andreessen Horowitz.