Arizona Based Company Highlighted as Part of $2 Million Campaign Urging Congress to Go Bold on Clean Energy

August 12, 2021
Hannah Blatt,, 202-572-3534

(Phoenix, AZ, August 12, 2021) This week, EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, began running ads in eight states promoting the job-creating power of clean energy and urging Congress to pass ambitious investments in America’s future. One of the new ads (example here) features Ivan Gonick, a U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of Veteran Solar based in Surprise. Gonick speaks to the ability of clean energy investments by Congress to boost business and create jobs.

“Veteran Solar is an example of the job-creating power of clean energy,” said Elizabeth Gore, EDF Action Senior Vice President for Political Affairs. “Congress needs to invest in America. If we seize the moment to create jobs, cut the biggest sources of pollution and help our communities, we can build a stronger, healthier future. It’s time to act.”

“Investments in clean energy mean more jobs, help for small businesses, and a cleaner future for our communities. Congress needs to be bold about investing in America’s future” said Gonick. After leaving the Air Force, Gonick and a fellow veteran started Veteran Solar, a company based in Surprise, Arizona that designs and installs solar panel systems. Today, the company employs 11 workers, and is set to expand to more states around the country.

The campaign also includes an ad called “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” (example here) highlighting America’s history of aggressive action to keep our economy strong.

The ads urge Congress to go bold on climate solutions, naming clean energy supporters Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ 01), Rep. Lucy McBath (GA 06), Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA 07), Rep. Cindy Axne (IA 03), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI 08), Rep. Haley Stevens (MI 11), Rep. Susie Lee (NV 03) and Rep. Steven Horsford (NV 04). Upcoming ads will name senators.