For many American teenagers their first taste of entrepreneurship comes from making the rounds as the neighborhood “lawn care specialist.” That certainly was true for Brad Lockwood who starting mowing lawns as a high school student in York Township. Now as a 20-year-old Junior at York College, Brad’s business, Lockwood Lawns, continues to thrive thanks in part to the cost savings realized from clean energy. Lockwood Lawns offers 100% electric lawn mowing services powered by solar energy.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone. America’s young entrepreneurs are leading the way when it comes to disrupting traditional business models to take advantage of new clean energy technologies.
A 2017 Pew Research poll showed that 75% of young Americans aged 18-29 favor clean energy in the United States. This view transcends party affiliation as, according to a Young Conservatives for Energy Reform (YC4ER) poll, a strong majority (73%) of young conservative voters have a favorable view of the renewable energy industry.
As Lockwood, who is all too aware of the business case for free/clean energy, explains,“I don’t have to go to a gas station. I don’t have to pay anybody else to get my energy.”
Lockwood hopes his application of clean energy technology will inspire others in the lawn care market to explore clean energy options as well. Although a small-scale operation for now, this clean energy/ lawn service entrepreneur has plans to expand his business in Pennsylvania and beyond.