Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!
Los Angeles, CA
I was able to get Co-Founder of Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC (PEWO), Somerset Waters, to take a moment out of his very busy schedule to discuss more about PEWO.
Check out the exclusive interview below!
Q: Is there anything you would like to share about why people should think of Pacific Electric Coop for their residential and business needs?
A: If it's important to you to invest in your community and your communities' economy you should hire us.
We're as local as local gets. We were incubated as a business by our community, the first shop out of the LA Worcs Incubator, and a recipient of a start-up loan from the Arroyo SECO Network of Timebanks which in my opinion is the premier organizer of our local community.
We're invested in this community's economy, and the money circulates, as well as our volunteer time.
Currently we volunteer our maintenance work on the solar and electrical systems at the Micheltorena School & Community Garden and are volunteer installing the electrical for the new White House Place Learning Garden.
We love our work and our electricians are invested in their jobs.
As profit-sharing members, they benefit directly from the success of our jobs. We all look out for losses in efficiency and since we pay a living wage, we retain more workers, enjoy a higher quality of life, a better safety record, and our consistency and our clients can feel secure and good about this.
-conventional as well as stand-alone solar installations
-custom electric car EVSE (car chargers)
-elegant electrical solutions for residential and commercial projects
-neon and LED architectural and sculptural accents with experience in unique color mash-ups
-low voltage and communication wiring with interest in back-up communications wiring through short-wave transmitters and receivers
-and towards the 4th quarter of this year we're hoping to do some sculptural solar installations with our partner the Solar Tree Foundation. Visit them at Solartree.Org.
-Electric Bike Modifications & Servicing
Q: You specialize in electric bike modifications. Can you explain what exactly you do/offer?
A: We have our own personal fleet of bikes that we've experimented with and enjoy transitioning between hybrid electric/human-powered and full human powered bikes as we haul tools and materials to our jobsites. Our members that work on these projects have extensive experience in bicycle mechanics and one member received her certification at the United Bicycle Institute for bike mechanics, so this along with our electrical expertise, makes us a logical entity to work on electric bikes and related projects.
We are currently ramping up an electric trike project to include solar charging, a large tool enclosure, turn & brake signals, and an electric motor.