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

Please show us a current business success story.
A very individual success story for me is cultivating a partnership with Maryland United Baptist Missionary Convention, Inc. I grew up in a baptist church in Brooklyn where my cousin was the pastor and my mommy was an organizer– neighborhood was stitched into my very being. When I first moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was released and I wanted to guarantee city citizens were getting the exact same quantity of financial investment as the county. It was the church that took me in, and the church that then supported my vision– bringing whatever cycle. Eco-friendly energy has actually traditionally been a middle class issue because Black neighborhoods have needed to live in survival mode, but Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and connected me with individuals I needed to get in touch with in order to make this partnership effective
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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 installment will include among ACOREs Accelerate member business. August is National Black Business Month, so this month we are concentrated on Black-owned sustainable energy business

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Kristal Hansley is the Founder & & CEO of WeSolar, Inc. and is the nations first Black Woman CEO in the neighborhood solar industry. Under her management, WeSolar is growing quickly, supplying consumers throughout Maryland access to budget friendly solar power, regardless of house type and helping hard-working households reduce month-to-month expenses
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What inspired you to begin your business?
The stark fact that most of homes who were receiving renewable energy rewards were higher earnings. I remember learning this and believing there had to be a way to address this gap. I saw there was a problem, I had my own ideas to solve it and I wanted to have firm over my own choices. I was at a neighborhood conference with 50 Black women organizers who were not invested in the community solar movement. It felt like a lightbulb had turned on for me as soon as I began to discuss how critical and urgent it was for us to be a part of the solar motion. I began demonstrating how higher earnings neighborhoods and individuals in the suburban areas were taking advantage of this and received a load of support. The truth is, energy use impacts Black household budget plans greatly. 36% of Black households experience a high energy problem, indicating they invest over 6% of their income on house energy costs. Thats an enormous percentage. To be able to provide an item that will conserve our neighborhood approximately 60% on their energy bills is transformative
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Inform us about your business? (mission, partners, areas you run in, primary clients, and so on).
WeSolars objective is to bring under-resourced neighborhoods cost effective access to regional community solar and to assist business properties with energy effectiveness. In Maryland, legislators passed legislation that states 50 percent of its electricity should come from eco-friendly energy sources by 2030
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What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
To a community that is already facing so numerous pushing difficulties, convincing them that there is another one simply as crucial is extremely hard. I remember trying to describe community solar to my buddies and the conversation rapidly rotating to real estate.

I was at a neighborhood conference with 50 Black women organizers who were not invested in the community solar movement. To be able to provide an item that will conserve our neighborhood up to 60% on their energy costs is transformative
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WeSolars mission is to bring under-resourced communities affordable access to local neighborhood solar and to help business properties with energy efficiency. When I initially moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was released and I desired to make sure city homeowners were getting the same amount of financial investment as the county. Eco-friendly energy has traditionally been a middle class problem since Black communities have had to live in survival mode, but Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and linked me with the individuals I needed to link with in order to make this partnership successful
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