Neighborhood Sun is a community-focused, grassroots clean energy provider that saves people money on electricity and helps our environment with a simple switch to community solar. We put our customers first to make sure that clean energy is accessible to everyone, especially those who are the most vulnerable in the face of climate change. We work alongside our local beneficiaries to enable communities to make environmentally just and economically accessible energy choices.
We’ve had success in the green business world building a growing pipeline of community members who want to purchase environmentally friendly goods. That’s a positive step forward, but it’s not the answer to a planet facing climate catastrophe, dwindling resources and increased polarization. We don’t necessarily need to buy more stuff.
Climate change impacts everyone, especially the most vulnerable, so everyone needs to be involved in the solution. We all need to be part of the clean energy revolution sweeping the nation. Clean energy shouldn’t just be for the select few. Community solar finally makes clean energy available to anybody who pays their electric bill. That’s the way it should be. It’s only fair.
C’mon, do we even need to say this anymore? Unfortunately, we do because there are still many who view catastrophic climate change as something that is up for debate, or may not happen for decades. We’re already seeing the impacts of a warming world, and unless we act decisively, scientists say it’s only going to get worse.
If we are serious about sustainability, a clean environment and a healthy economy, we need to make buying local a top priority. When we buy local, we’re supporting our neighbors and other members of our community. Buying local helps the environment by reducing emissions and infrastructure needs (think of the organic apple flown in from New Zealand). Building an economy more resilient to future climate change also means we have to learn to produce and grow goods closer to home.
You’re the leaders, the doers, the people who go out to a public meeting on a cold winter’s night. You shine the lantern on the path forward to a clean energy future. Our goal is to serve you the best we can, by providing a way for you to organize and mobilize others around a community solar project. We want to hear from you, whether to praise us or correct us.
We are a company that experiments, is willing to take risks and try new approaches without a stack full of market research telling us what to do. We’ll make mistakes and certainly are not perfect, but we’re always willing to learn and to listen to our community. We’re entrepreneurial and bold because we know that we’ve got a lot of work to do and time is running short.
It’s not just an excuse for why we can’t make your niece’s piano recital. Well, maybe it’s an excuse but it’s a good one. We may be off to something fun, or silly, or just plain goofing off. Yeah, we deal with serious and important issues but we’ve gotta laugh sometimes too. Now, how come I have 100 socks but only 20 matching pairs?
Our business model advances local solar energy by putting the power in the hands of those that use electricity. We’re disruptive of the old system where ratepayers can only be the recipients of decisions by others. With us, you and your neighbors are actively promoting positive development in your area. You are the generator and you are consciously choosing local clean energy over outdated forms of energy. We believe that grassroots and community organizing can take a big role in planning for a more sustainable and just future.
- Business can be a force for good
- The answer isn’t more consumers, it’s more community
- Clean energy is for EVERYONE
- Climate change is the biggest challenge of our generation
- Buying local is vital
- We love our community
- We aren’t afraid to fail forward
- We rearrange our sock drawers
- Through our projects, we call on everyone to be an active part of society
We are a small team with different background and experiences – but with one common goal: strengthening communities through local solar power.
For us, running a business is all about leading by example to show that for-profit companies can (and should) be a force for good. That’s why we became a certified B Corp. The certification means that our commitment to being a better kind of business is real. We don’t just talk about doing the right thing, it’s baked into our corporate DNA.
Our Customer Advocacy Board is a group of customers dedicated to holding us accountable and giving us the outside perspective. The weekly check-ins with them ensure that we will always be focused on what really matters, helping you!