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This Startup Lets People Without Roofs Get In On The Solar Power Boom

Most apartment dwellers who want to use solar power probably won’t find it easy to convince their landlord to install panels on the roof. But there’s another option: A new startup will let anyone invest in solar panels remotely—and then get paid quarterly checks for the energy they produce. “We’ve found in research that about 80% of

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RE-volv Continues to Grow its Solar Seed Fund

Last month, we profiled RE-volv, an innovative solar funding platform that had just launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring solar to a worker-owned cooperative grocery store in outer San Francisco. RE-volv’s mission brings a twist on both solar financing and crowdfunding: As I wrote last month, the non-profit purpose is: To create a self-sustaining solar

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How Crowdfunding and Distributed Generation are Changing Everything

Last year, the Edison Electric Institute released a report titled, “Disruptive Challenges,” which identified current and future serious threats to the  electric utility system. The report identified a number of factors causing the major changes in the electricity industry: Recent technological and economic changes are expected to challenge and transform the electric utility industry. These

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Ocean Energy Tries Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is everywhere today, reaching out to individuals in our field to fund documentaries on climate change,solar schools in England, solar systems in the US, and a wind turbine in the Netherlands. Now the ocean energy industry has launched its own platform, Clean Reach. Designed to address a lack of early-stage funding for this high potential energy industry, it wants to help entrepreneurial start-ups, coastal

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Everybody Solar and RE-volv: Crowdfunding Rockstars

Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally, founders of RE-volv and Everybody Solar, have been busy. Since founding their solar crowdfunding nonprofits in 2011, they’ve shown that their ideas are more than just ideas by making actual projects happen. I’ve been following both organizations since before they started their first projects. Not only have they progressed along a similar trajectory,

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Michigan: Embracing Crowdfunding

On December 31st, 2013, while most of the Michigan government was seemingly on holiday, Governor Rick Snyder signed a law to enable intrastate, equity-based crowdfunding in Michigan. Public Act 264, which amends Article 2 of Michigan’s Uniform Securities Act, revises the definition of “institutional investor” and helps create new economic opportunities for Michigan residents. This law has many

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Crowdfunding: Bringing Solar to Non-Profits

Consumers and businesses have been able to take advantage of a growing number of solar energy programs recently. These programs are designed to mitigate the costs associated with the purchase and installation of photovoltaic systems, thereby making them easier to acquire. Non-profit organizations, however, do not typically have access to these programs. Non-profits cannot take advantage of most

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Portland Oregon Launches ‘Solar Forward’ Crowdfunding Effort

Oliver P. Lent Elementary School in Portland, OR is set to receive solar panels in 2014 as part of the city’s Solar Forward campaign. To complete the project–the second of the campaign– $50,000 needs to be raised. Of the $50,000 goal, $20,000 has been donated by organizations including SolarWorld, Portfolio 21 Investments, Umpqua Bank, Wells Fargo and the

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Crowdfunding 2.0

According to the economic philosopher Karl Marx, meaningful change would only come about when the workers seized control of the means of production.  Just over the past few decades, technological progress has been slowly, but surely transferring the power away from large corporations to the people. R&D has moved from the siloed corporate laboratories to

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Crowdfunding Throwdown: Kickstarter vs Indiegogo

Here is why Kickstarter is beating Indiegogo. In the battle for the top of the crowdfunding food chain, Kickstarter is handily beating Indiegogo in virtually every measurable category. In an article posted on Medium, Jonathan Lau and Edward Junprung performed a comparative data scrape and analysis of the two companies that lead to six eye

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Solar Crowdfunding: Lessons Learned

We have two broken systems — energy and finance — that conspire to support a centralized, coal-based grid that exacerbates climate change and fails to serve the poor in developing countries. That means 1.3 billion people around the world won’t escape the dark (while simultaneously frying the climate) — unless we disrupt these systems and

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In Focus: Crowdfunding Solar in Detroit

As the costs of solar technologies decrease, the opportunities for innovative solutions to community problems are increasing. Economic hardships have hit America’s communities hard and, in many communities, electricity prices continue to rise as spending on local public services continues to fall. From 2010 to 2011, the state and local sectors contracted by 3.4 percent, the

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Crowdfunding Solar: Why It’s So Important

Crowdfunding is populism’s answer to the bank, and it’s being applied to solar. This once novel concept – a collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations – has evolved into a force and molded itself into an exciting company

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