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 delighted to share the very first installment in our “Accelerating Renewables” blog series. Each installation will feature industry leaders and subjects connected to speeding up a fair and just transition to a sustainable energy economy. In acknowledgment of National Black Business Month, our August blog site is the first in a series highlighting how Black-owned member business are growing in the sustainable energy sector.
Kristal Hansley is the Founder & & CEO of WeSolar, Inc and is the nations first Black female CEO in the neighborhood solar market. Under her leadership, WeSolar is growing quickly, providing customers across Maryland and the District of Columbia access to cost effective solar power, despite home type, and helping hard-working households minimize monthly expenditures.
What inspired you to start your company?
I was at a community conference with 50 Black females organizers who were not invested in the community solar movement. 36% of Black households experience a high energy concern, suggesting they invest over 6% of their income on house energy bills. To be able to use an item that will save our community up to 60% on their energy bills is transformative.
Inform us about your business?
WeSolars objective is to bring under-resourced neighborhoods economical access to local community solar and to assist industrial residential or commercial properties with energy efficiency. WeSolar released in Baltimore and will broaden to other cities in the future. Through WeSolar, electrical power consumers can acquire shared solar from a regional project without needing to set up any equipment in their homes. In turn, locals conserve hundreds on their electrical power bills. In Maryland, lawmakers passed legislation that mentions 50 percent of its electrical power need to come from renewable resource sources by 2030.
What obstacles do you face? Why?
To a community that is currently dealing with so numerous pushing obstacles, persuading them that there is another one simply as important is extremely hard. I remember attempting to discuss neighborhood solar to my good friends and the discussion quickly pivoting to housing. The reality of the matter is, institutional bigotry and oppression are bigger than we understand, and it drowns our neighborhood. Where Black individuals are not being bought, we are being asked to focus on constantly for our survival.
Please share with us a recent company success story.
A very 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 mommy was an organizer– community was stitched into my very being. When I first relocated to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was introduced, and I desired to ensure city homeowners were receiving the exact same amount of financial investment as the county. It was the church that took me in, and the church that then supported my vision– bringing whatever full circle. Sustainable energy has actually historically been a middle-class issue since Black communities have actually had to reside in survival mode, however Reverend Mason and Reverend Dewitt brought me into the circle and connected me with the people I needed to get in touch with in order to make this partnership successful.
For more information about WeSolar, see wesolar.energy
I was at a neighborhood conference with 50 Black women organizers who were not invested in the community solar motion. To be able to provide a product that will save our community up to 60% on their energy bills is transformative.
WeSolars mission is to bring under-resourced communities affordable access to local neighborhood solar and to assist business properties with energy effectiveness. When I initially moved to Baltimore, the Community Solar Pilot Program was introduced, and I desired to make sure city residents were receiving the exact same quantity of investment as the county. Sustainable energy has actually traditionally been a middle-class concern due to the fact that Black neighborhoods have had to live in survival mode, however 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 partnership successful.