Renewable Power Perspectives Q&A with Kristal Hansley, Founder & CEO of WeSolar, Inc.

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Kristal Hansley is the Founder & & CEO of WeSolar, Inc. and is the countrys very first Black Woman CEO in the neighborhood solar industry. Under her management, WeSolar is growing rapidly, supplying consumers across Maryland access to inexpensive solar energy, no matter home type and helping hard-working households decrease month-to-month expenses
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What inspired you to begin your company?
I was at a community conference with 50 Black women organizers who were not invested in the neighborhood solar movement. I started revealing how greater earnings neighborhoods and people in the suburbs were taking benefit of this and got a lot of assistance. To be able to offer an item that will conserve our neighborhood up to 60% on their energy expenses is transformative
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Inform us about your business? (mission, partners, regions you operate in, primary consumers, etc.).
WeSolars objective is to bring under-resourced communities cost effective access to regional neighborhood solar and to help commercial residential or commercial properties with energy efficiency. In Maryland, legislators passed legislation that states 50 percent of its electrical energy need to come from eco-friendly energy sources by 2030
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What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
To a community that is currently dealing with so many pushing challenges, persuading them that there is another one simply as crucial is extremely challenging. I keep in mind attempting to discuss community solar to my friends and the discussion quickly rotating to housing.

By Constance ThompsonAugust 27, 2021
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The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is enjoyed share the first installment in our “Ask an Accelerate Member” blog series. Each installation will include among ACOREs Accelerate member companies. August is National Black Business Month, so this month we are concentrated on Black-owned renewable resource business

I was at a neighborhood conference with 50 Black females organizers who were not invested in the community solar movement. To be able to provide an item that will conserve our community up to 60% on their energy expenses is transformative
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WeSolars mission is to bring under-resourced communities economical access to local community solar and to help commercial properties with energy efficiency. When I initially moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was released and I desired to ensure city locals were receiving the very same quantity of financial investment as the county. Eco-friendly energy has traditionally been a middle class issue due to the fact that Black communities have actually had to live in survival mode, however Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and connected me with the individuals I required to link with in order to make this partnership successful
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Please share with us a recent company success story.
When I initially moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was released and I wanted to guarantee city residents were getting the very same amount of financial investment as the county. Eco-friendly energy has actually historically been a middle class concern due to the fact that Black neighborhoods have actually had to live in survival mode, but Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and linked me with the individuals I required to connect with in order to make this collaboration effective
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