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

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

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Kristal Hansley is the Founder & & CEO of WeSolar, Inc. and is the countrys first Black Woman CEO in the community solar market. Under her leadership, WeSolar is growing quickly, supplying consumers throughout Maryland access to budget-friendly solar power, regardless of house type and assisting hard-working families decrease regular monthly costs
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What inspired you to begin your business?
The stark reality that most of households who were receiving renewable resource incentives were higher earnings. I keep in mind learning this and believing there had to be a way to resolve this space. I observed there was an issue, I had my own concepts to solve it and I wished to have firm over my own decisions. I was at a neighborhood conference with 50 Black females organizers who were not invested in the neighborhood solar movement. It felt like a lightbulb had turned on for me as soon as I started to discuss how crucial and urgent it was for us to be a part of the solar movement. I started demonstrating how higher income communities and individuals in the suburban areas were making the most of this and got a lot of assistance. The truth is, energy usage effects Black home budget plans significantly. 36% of Black households experience a high energy concern, meaning they spend over 6% of their income on house energy expenses. Thats an enormous portion. To be able to provide a product that will conserve our neighborhood up to 60% on their energy costs is transformative
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Tell us about your company? (mission, partners, areas you operate in, primary consumers, etc.).
WeSolars mission is to bring under-resourced communities inexpensive access to local community solar and to assist business residential or commercial properties with energy performance. WeSolar launched in Baltimore and will broaden to other cities in the future. Through WeSolar, electrical power customers can acquire shared solar from a regional job without needing to install any devices in their homes. In turn, citizens conserve hundreds on their electrical power costs. In Maryland, legislators passed legislation that specifies 50 percent of its electricity should originate from renewable resource sources by 2030
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What obstacles do you deal with? Why?
To a community that is already facing many pressing obstacles, persuading them that there is another one simply as essential is extremely hard. I remember attempting to explain neighborhood solar to my good friends and the conversation rapidly rotating to real estate. The fact of the matter is, institutional bigotry and injustice is bigger than we understand and it drowns our neighborhood. Where Black people are not being purchased, we are being asked to focus on continuously for our survival
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I was at a neighborhood meeting with 50 Black ladies organizers who were not invested in the community solar motion. To be able to offer a product that will conserve our neighborhood up to 60% on their energy bills is transformative
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WeSolars mission is to bring under-resourced communities budget-friendly access to local community solar and to assist industrial homes with energy performance. When I initially moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was introduced and I wanted to make sure city citizens were getting the exact same quantity of investment as the county. Sustainable energy has traditionally been a middle class problem due to the fact that Black communities have actually had to live in survival mode, but Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and connected me with the people I needed to link with in order to make this collaboration effective
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Please share with us a current business success story.
When I first moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was introduced and I desired to guarantee city citizens were getting the very same quantity of investment as the county. Sustainable energy has historically been a middle class problem because Black communities have had to live in survival mode, however Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and connected me with the people I required to connect with in order to make this collaboration effective
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