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 community solar industry. Under her leadership, WeSolar is growing rapidly, providing customers across Maryland access to cost effective solar energy, despite home type and helping hard-working households reduce month-to-month expenditures
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What inspired you to start your company?
The plain truth that most of households who were receiving renewable energy incentives were greater income. I keep in mind learning this and thinking there had to be a way to resolve this space. I discovered there was a problem, I had my own concepts to solve it and I wished to have company over my own choices. I was at a neighborhood meeting with 50 Black females organizers who were not invested in the community solar movement. It felt like a lightbulb had actually turned on for me once I began to describe how important and immediate it was for us to be a part of the solar motion. I began showing how higher earnings communities and people in the suburbs were making the most of this and got a lots of support. The reality is, energy usage impacts Black family spending plans greatly. 36% of Black families experience a high energy problem, meaning they invest over 6% of their earnings on house energy expenses. Thats a massive portion. To be able to use a product that will conserve our neighborhood up to 60% on their energy bills is transformative
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Tell us about your company? (mission, partners, regions you operate in, primary clients, etc.).
WeSolars objective is to bring under-resourced neighborhoods cost effective access to local community solar and to assist industrial properties with energy efficiency. WeSolar released in Baltimore and will broaden to other cities in the future. Through WeSolar, electrical energy consumers can acquire shared solar from a local project without needing to install any devices in their homes. In turn, locals conserve hundreds on their electricity bills. In Maryland, lawmakers passed legislation that states 50 percent of its electricity need to come from renewable energy sources by 2030
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What difficulties do you face? Why?
To a neighborhood that is already dealing with so lots of pushing obstacles, convincing them that there is another one simply as crucial is extremely hard. I keep in mind trying to describe community solar to my buddies and the conversation rapidly pivoting to real estate. The reality of the matter is, institutional bigotry and oppression is larger than we understand and it drowns our neighborhood. Where Black individuals are not being purchased, we are being asked to prioritize continuously for our survival
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By Constance ThompsonAugust 27, 2021
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The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is delighted to share the very first installation in our “Ask an Accelerate Member” blog series. Each installation will include one of ACOREs Accelerate member business. August is National Black Business Month, so this month we are concentrated on Black-owned renewable energy companies

I was at a neighborhood conference with 50 Black ladies organizers who were not invested in the neighborhood solar motion. To be able to offer a product that will save our neighborhood up to 60% on their energy costs is transformative
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WeSolars objective is to bring under-resourced neighborhoods budget friendly access to local community solar and to help industrial homes with energy effectiveness. When I initially moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was launched and I desired to ensure city locals were getting the very same amount of financial investment as the county. Sustainable energy has historically been a middle class issue since Black communities have actually had to live in survival mode, but Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and linked me with the people I needed to connect with in order to make this collaboration effective
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Please show us a recent business success story.
An extremely personal success story for me is cultivating a collaboration with Maryland United Baptist Missionary Convention, Inc. I grew up in a baptist church in Brooklyn where my cousin was the pastor and my mother was an organizer– neighborhood was sewn into my extremely being. When I initially relocated to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was introduced and I wished to make sure city residents were getting the exact same amount of investment as the county. It was the church that took me in, and the church that then supported my vision– bringing whatever cycle. Renewable resource has actually traditionally been a middle class issue because Black communities have actually needed to reside in survival mode, but Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and linked me with the people I required to connect with in order to make this partnership successful
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