Those living in Oakland, California, who have benefited from the “Green For All” program that provides locals with rooftop solar photovoltaic systems may want to thank the recently deceased musician Prince, as he was apparently the secret driving force and checkbook behind the program, according to prominent political activist Van Jones.
In a recent interview with CNN, Van Jones revealed that, while he served as the public face of the Green For All group, Prince was the unnamed force behind the program.
“There are people who have solar (PV) panels right now on their houses in Oakland, California that don’t know Prince paid for them,” Jones noted during the interview.
The San Francisco Gate provides more:
In the days since the death of music legend Prince, stories of his secret, wide-ranging philanthropy efforts are finally being told. Two of Prince’s major charitable endeavors were centered in the Bay Area: bringing solar panels to Oakland and helping young people of color learn how to code.
…But that wasn’t all. Prince also helped found #YesWeCode, an initiative to help young people from “low opportunity backgrounds” learn the necessary skills for jobs in the tech sector.
…In fact, Jones says that concerts in Oakland (and other cities) were a “cover” so he could visit and check in on charitable organizations and local community groups.
“He did not want it be known publicly, and he did not want us to say it. But I’m gonna say it because the world needs to know that it wasn’t just the music,” Jones commented. “The music was just one way he tried to help the world, but he was helping every day of his life.”
That matches with personal anecdotes that I’ve heard about the man — despite being publicly a showman of sorts, he seemed to be much more concerned with getting things done than with taking personal credit for them.
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