From millennials to millennials and, also, for those who come from behind, such as members of generation Z. For them, as well as for the millions of Americans for whom solar home systems are light years away due to their high cost or because of For rent, the non-profit organization Solstice, founded by the young Sandhya Murali and Steph Speirs, offers an alternative that makes clean energy available: solar communities.
With them, the entity ensures that it takes “the solar to every American . ” This is so because this model “changes the rules of the game . ” For this, anyone interested in benefiting from clean energies, but without access to them, can do so not with the purchase of the corresponding system and installation in their home, but with the mere subscription to a large-scale solar garden.
In this way, without any installation (and without the costs that this implies), whoever signs up to these communities can see their annual electricity spending reduced by an average of 10%. To this advantage is added another: the environmental impact that is caused by this action, which reduces emissions and pollution in the community.
“Solar communities are the most affordable alternative to solar energy” , they defend from this NGO created by two very young experts who, thus, eliminate barriers to access to renewables by members of their generation, of which They come behind and, in general, from Americans who cannot install systems for the capture of solar energy.
Joining this initiative is easy. To do this, anyone interested will stay with their usual energy provider. In the meantime, Solstice will search for a nearby solar farm, determine how much energy the interested party needs and, finally, reserve for him the necessary panels in the installation.
Thus, without changes in their homes and without payment of fees in advance, what the members of these communities will receive will be credits on their bills that translate into savings of between 5 and 15% of the annual expense.
“We want to bring solar energy to tenants, to young people, to communities with few resources … in short, to those who most need to save,” says the NGO. To do this, it is moving towards what years of industry development and public subsidies have not achieved practically anywhere: that access to this source of clean energy is extended, also among those who do not have sufficient resources to face it, among they the youngest.
To that end, the efforts of this entity continue to focus on three areas: working with developers to promote the construction of community solar installations; supporting nearby communities to connect to these solar gardens and, finally, monitoring that each registered person receives a credit on their bill for the clean energy generated by their portion in the solar garden.
Along these lines, the entity has just achieved the start-up of a new solar community project in the state of New York with more than 8 megawatts of energy. With three plots of up to eleven acres each (about 4.4 hectares), the project, the most recent promoted by the NGO, has the capacity to bring solar energy to 400 families. However, an estimated 90 million American households still see their access to solar energy limited due to issues such as high investment required or lack of space.