WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Geostellar, the nation’s original online solar energy platform, announced today a partnership with the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC), a vital Baptist denomination with an estimated membership of 2.5 million people, and Together Solar, a developer of shared-solar energy generation projects, to offer clean, renewable power through PNBC member churches to their communities and congregations.
“Our partnership with Geostellar will bring a myriad of benefits to our churches, congregations and communities,” said Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins, President of PNBC. “Lower energy costs, cleaner air, economic opportunity and job creation within our local communities are just a few of the crucial advantages to this synergistic partnership. Community Solar is an important model of community investment that will empower our congregations to participate in the new, transformative energy economy.”
Community Solar benefits every member of the community by allowing homes and businesses to subscribe to the electricity generated by solar panels hosted on other sites within the community. Local subscribers draw on clean solar energy at costs well below the grid utility rate. Residential, commercial and industrial properties that host solar panels receive a new income stream. Qualified local contractors provide solar panel installation, operations and maintenance. Solar Professionals licensed and trained by Geostellar earn commissions by securing hosting and subscription agreements.
“We are excited to partner with PNBC and member congregations to provide clean, affordable solar energy to underserved communities everywhere,” said David Levine, CEO of Geostellar. “With Community Solar, churches, schools and local businesses can play a key role in the transition to solar energy, bringing unparalleled opportunity for economic expansion and resilience in the face of climate change.”
Geostellar and participating organizations such as the PNBC and member churches are initially offering Community Solar in 14 states, including the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota. Residential and commercial solar installations are available nationwide. According to Solar Energy Industries Association, Community Solar is expected to add an impressive 1.8 gigawatts to the 102 cumulative megawatts installed through early 2016.
“Shared solar energy systems are a great way for people to take advantage of cleaner, more affordable electricity without the requirement of owning your own home or commercial property,” said Hugh Scott of Together Solar. “We are thrilled to finance Community Solar projects developed by Geostellar for the PNBC, member churches and local businesses in the DC area.”
Geostellar, the PNBC and Together Solar will hold a Community Solar workshop at PNBC headquarters in Northeast Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, November 16th at 3:00pm. DC and Maryland-based residential, commercial and agricultural property owners interested in hosting solar panels as part of the collected are invited to attend.
Registration for the workshop is available here: Introduction to Faith-based and Community Solar
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About the PNBC
The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., (PNBC) is a vital Baptist denomination with an estimated membership of 2.5 million people. PNBC was formed to give full voice, sterling leadership and active support to the American and world fight for human freedom. The convention was the convention-denominational home and platform for the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who addressed every annual session of the Convention until his death in 1968. New generations of Progressive Baptists are continuing the struggle for full voter registration, education and participation in society, economic empowerment and development, and the realization of universal human rights and total human liberation for all people.
About Together Solar
Together Solar is a mission-based company, dedicated to expanding access to solar across the globe through development of community solar facilities. We believe that Solar is something that everyone should benefit from together. Not only do you no longer need to own a home to enjoy the benefits of solar power, but every time we build a new system we will donate solar or other critical infrastructure to a community that needs it.