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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Crowdsourcing Solar

Here's an idea!
   Get 10, 20, 30 people together to share the cost of a solar roof project on a church or social services organization. Done as an investment, the contributors can make a nice return as well as lower the costs of electricity to the host building.
    Here's a firm that is already pulling this together:
http://sierraclub.typepad.com/sierradaily/2013/01/crowdfunded-solar-power-is-here.html
   Of course, the same thing is being done by community-based groups, in nearby Harvard Mass:  http://blog.solargardens.org/2012/10/harvard-ma-solar-garden-nears.html  and in Maryland:
http://www.examiner.com/article/university-park-solar-llc-makes-solar-power-economical-1
   There are many great things about making a switch with your invested dollars to a locally-owned solar energy production facility. I'm sure the list of good reasons is longer than the list of why most other investments get made.

1 comments:

Enviko said...

I think that this is a great idea. I'm sure people will be more inclined to invest if they know 20 others are willing to. When people are in something together there is much more strength and solidarity within it.

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