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

By Constance ThompsonAugust 27, 2021
The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to share the very first installation in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog site series. Each installation will feature industry leaders and subjects related to accelerating a fair and just shift to a renewable resource economy. In recognition of National Black Business Month, our August blog is the first in a series highlighting how black-owned member companies are prospering in the renewable resource sector.
Kristal Hansley is the Founder & & CEO of WeSolar, Inc and is the countrys first Black Woman CEO in the neighborhood solar market. Under her management, WeSolar is growing quickly, supplying customers throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia access to inexpensive solar energy, no matter home type, and helping hard-working families decrease regular monthly expenses.
What inspired you to start your business?
I was at a neighborhood meeting with 50 Black females organizers who were not invested in the neighborhood solar movement. 36% of Black homes experience a high energy problem, suggesting they spend over 6% of their earnings on home energy bills. To be able to offer an item that will save our community up to 60% on their energy expenses is transformative.
Inform us about your company?
WeSolars mission is to bring under-resourced neighborhoods inexpensive access to regional neighborhood solar and to assist commercial residential or commercial properties with energy efficiency. In Maryland, legislators passed legislation that specifies 50 percent of its electricity must come from sustainable energy sources by 2030.
What difficulties do you face? Why?
To a community that is already dealing with a lot of pressing difficulties, persuading them that there is another one simply as crucial is really tough. I remember trying to describe neighborhood solar to my good friends and the discussion rapidly rotating to real estate. The truth of the matter is, institutional bigotry and injustice is larger than we understand and it drowns our community. Where Black individuals are not being bought, we are being asked to prioritize constantly for our survival.
Please show us a recent business success story.
A really personal success story for me is cultivating a partnership with Maryland United Baptist Missionary Convention, Inc. I matured 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 first moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was launched, and I desired to make sure city citizens were getting the very same quantity of investment as the county. It was the church that took me in, and the church that then supported my vision– bringing everything cycle. Renewable resource has actually historically been a middle-class problem due to the fact that Black communities have needed to live in survival mode, however Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and linked me with individuals I needed to get in touch with in order to make this partnership effective.
To get more information about WeSolar go to wesolar.energy
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I was at a community conference with 50 Black females organizers who were not invested in the neighborhood solar movement. To be able to use a product that will save our community up to 60% on their energy expenses is transformative.
WeSolars objective is to bring under-resourced neighborhoods budget-friendly access to local community solar and to help industrial properties with energy effectiveness. When I first moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was launched, and I desired to ensure city residents were getting the same amount of investment as the county. Renewable energy has historically been a middle-class issue because Black neighborhoods have had to live 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 effective.

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