Goals of a New Partnership: Millions of Clean Energy Subscribers, Billions of Trees
ForestPlanet is happy to announce a new partnership with Utility Advisor, a company that helps consumers navigate the ever-changing world of clean energy expenses and options. They are experts in community solar, and are working with solar farm developers all over the country. Current projects are located in Maryland, New Jersey, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Washington, DC. Many other regions and states will be announced in the coming months.
Right now many hundreds of thousands of residences get a portion of their household electricity with this zero-emission option. More information on this fast growing alternative, and a list of projects near you, can be found here:
Community solar is much like community supported agriculture. Individuals subscribe for their share of the clean energy produced by a large locally based solar farm, and the power is then seamlessly delivered to their location by the utility. No new equipment required at the subscriber’s home, there is nothing to install, and subscribing can happen at the stroke of a pen.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a project that will enable community solar systems to power the equivalent of five million households by 2025, while creating $1 billion in savings for subscribers.
“Community solar is one of the most powerful tools we have to provide affordable solar energy to all American households, regardless of whether they own a home or have a roof suitable for solar panels,” said Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm. “Achieving these ambitious targets will lead to meaningful energy cost savings, create jobs in these communities, and make our clean energy transition more equitable.”
The full announcement from the DOE can be found here.
ForestPlanet is very excited by the creativity of the community solar approach, since it brings affordable and locally produced clean energy to any customer, business or residential, that receives electricity from the grid. Local communities that can reliably generate their own clean power are ultimately less vulnerable to energy price fluctuations caused by all manner of global geo-political instabilities.
And we’re happy to report that Utility Advisors will plant 100+ trees for each new subscriber that uses this link, so it’s a double-green option. More information is available on their website, and please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.