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Ray Lewis launches clean energy non-profit

Ray Lewis is helping to launch a new clean energy non-profit organization.

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Monday he is leading a new clean energy non-profit organization that aims to expand access to renewable energy in low-income communities.

The non-profit, Power52, aims to build clean energy projects in low-income areas of Baltimore and produce energy that can be used by people living in them.

The projects will help provide job training in the renewable energy sector for people in the communities, the non-profit announced. It also aims to give college or trade school scholarships for low-income people.

"Power52 will not only give people opportunities, but it will also educate people so that they can understand the importance of energy independence while cutting their utility bill," Ray Lewis said in a statement.

Lewis, who retired from the Ravens in 2013, partnered with Robert D. Wallace, the son of the CEO of Bithenergy, a rapidly-growing clean energy company headquarted in Baltimore. Wallace oversees technical sales and renewable energy systems at Bithenergy. The non-profit is also partnering with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

cwells@baltsun.com

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