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18 February

What To Do For Floridians To Go Solar

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I am getting more messages from people in different parts of the state of Florida wanting to go solar, but do not know how. So, I’d like to repost part of an earlier post to help forage the path, below:

Here are some points to consider in order to help you to take part in solar energy use

I.   I want you to be aware of all the incentive programs (to save money) for installing renewable/solar energy & energy efficiency in USA and FL.

II.  Find a local installer to receive an estimate of what type or how big of a solar system is suitable for your particular needs. All solar installers I’ve come across so far would be able to provide such an estimate free of charge. If you live in Tampa, FL area, mention that you’ve found out about SEM and solar co-op from Windermere Sun, then you can get a discount with SEM. For those in other parts of the Florida, mention Windermere Sun first before negotiating for a discount.

*Keep in mind that if you can get your money back:

  1. in 7 years by installing solar system, that is equivalent to about 14.3% rate of return (1/7 = 0.1428)
  2. in 8 years by installing solar system, that is equivalent to about 12.5% rate of return (1/8 = 0.125)
  3. in 9 years by installing solar system, that is equivalent to about 11.1% rate of return (1/9 =0.111…)

The stock market cannot guarantee such a good deal. It’s a no brainer! Any one who plans on being alive in 10+ years would do well to install solar.

III. To help reduce the cost of installing solar panels (perhaps by as much as 20%), you may want to consider joining or starting a Solar Co-Op.  In Central Florida, there is a West Orange Solar Co-Op and an Orlando and Winter Park Solar Co-Op that is also open to homeowners East of I-4. In a recent Central Florida Solar Advocates meetup meeting that took place on Dec. 2, 2015, these are discussed, below:

Here are the steps for the Solar Co-op Process, suggested by the Central Florida Solar Advocates:

  1. Attend an Information Session:  Learn about going solar and how solar co-ops work.
  2. Join Your Local Co-op: Sign up on line! Any one can participate. The only requirement is that you want to go solar!
  3. Get a Roof Review: Your roof is reviewed via satellite to make sure it’s a good fit for solar energy.
  4. Solicit Local Bids: Once the co-op has 20-30 members, a request for proposal is created based on co-op members priorities and bids are solicited from installers.
  5. Review Bids as a Group: Co-op members form a selection committee to review bids and select a single installer to complete all of the projects.
  6. Get Individualized Proposal: Homeowner meets with the chosen installer to get an individualized proposal for a solar system for your home. This proposal will reflect the group discount.
  7. Sign an Individualized Contract: Homeowner signs a contract directly with the installer.
  8. Installation: Have your solar panels installed on your home!
  9. Celebrate: Celebrate with the co-op and help start other co-ops in your community!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email: cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com

To learn more about these co-ops or join a solar co-op, visit: www.cfsolaradvocates.org

IV. If you live in an apartment or in a house that is shaded, even though you may not be able to take advantage of the solar energy via your own rooftop, you may still be able to participate in solar energy use via Community Solar Garden/Farm. Check out what’s been accumulated at Sun Is The Future about Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm

Please feel free to contact Paul Spencer of Clean Energy Collective or Joy Hughes of Solar Gardens for the benefit of their experience in developing Community Solar Gardens/Farms.

Community Solar Garden/Farm-(Westmill_Solar_Cooperative_1 Creaive Commons GNU Free Documentation License)

Community Solar Garden/Farm-(Westmill_Solar_Cooperative_1 Creaive Commons GNU Free Documentation License)

Community Solar Garden/Farm of Clean Energy Collective in Cowdery Meadow Community Solar (credit: Sun Is The Future-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Community Solar Garden/Farm of Clean Energy Collective in Cowdery Meadow Community Solar (credit: Sun Is The Future-Susan Sun Nunamaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. If you need to get a loan or any financial assistance in order to participate in solar energy use, please consider these avenues, below:

  • Obtaining  a loan via Kiva, then contact Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva  by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
  • Obtaining a loan via Mosaic, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sun Is The Future will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
  • Obtaining a grant via one of the crowdfunding platforms, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sun Is The Future will be able to help promote for your campaign.  Different platforms have different conditions. So be sure to take care in choosing the appropriate ones for you.
  • If you live in Windermere, FL area and is obtaining either a solar loan or a solar grant via any of the avenues above, be sure to contact Windermere Sun by email: info.WindermereSun@gmail.com so Windermere Sun will be able to help promote for your loan or grant.

VI. For those of you who truly have difficulty in affording the installation cost of solar or do not have property suited for solar installation, do not forget the recent victory at the Florida State Supreme Court, explained in this post. There is something you can do to help improve the chance of lowering your future utility bills, by obtaining more signatures to improve the chance of Floridians For Solar Choice ballot .

May you/we all be able to enjoy the warmth and energy of Sunshine for many decades to come….

~Let’s Help One Another~
~have a bright and sunny day~
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4 January

Many Ways For Floridians To Go Solar

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

Here is a re-post from Windermere Sun:

Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State! (photo credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Let The SunShine In The Sunshine State! (photo credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Windermere Blue Sunset (credit: Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Below, is part of a message (in italics) from one of our readers, C, in Central Florida region:

I need solar panels.

Solar Panel

Solar Panel

I pay $200 every month for electric, and we will have only warmer weather as the planet gets warmer. No more of going for 6 months without AC. The humidity is the cause of the mold that made me sick this summer. I don’t know how to pay for them, but we can figure it out….

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Dear C.,

Here are some points to consider in order to help you to take part in solar energy use:

I. I want you to be aware of all the incentive programs (to save money) for installing renewable/solar energy & energy efficiency in USA and FL.

 

II. To help reduce the cost of installing solar panels (perhaps by as much as 20%), you may want to consider joining a Solar Co-Op. There is a West Orange Solar Co-Op and an Orlando and Winter Park Solar Co-Op that is also open to homeowners East of I-4. In a recent Central Florida Solar Advocates meetup meeting that took place on Dec. 2, 2015, these are discussed, below:

Here are the steps for the Solar Co-op Process, suggested by the Central Florida Solar Advocates:

  1. Attend an Information Session: Learn about going solar and how solar co-ops work.
  2. Join Your Local Co-op: Sign up on line! Any one can participate. The only requirement is that you want to go solar!
  3. Get a Roof Review: Your roof is reviewed via satellite to make sure it’s a good fit for solar energy.
  4. Solicit Local Bids: Once the co-op has 20-30 members, a request for proposal is created based on co-op members priorities and bids are solicited from installers.
  5. Review Bids as a Group: Co-op members form a selection committee to review bids and select a single installer to complete all of the projects.
  6. Get Individualized Proposal: Homeowner meets with the chosen installer to get an individualized proposal for a solar system for your home. This proposal will reflect the group discount.
  7. Sign an Individualized Contract: Homeowner signs a contract directly with the installer.
  8. Installation: Have your solar panels installed on your home!
  9. Celebrate: Celebrate with the co-op and help start other co-ops in your community!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email: cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com

To learn more about these co-ops or join a solar co-op, visit: www.cfsolaradvocates.org

 

III. If you live in an apartment or in a house that is shaded, even though you may not be able to take advantage of the solar energy via your own rooftop, you may still be able to participate in solar energy use via Community Solar Garden/Farm. Check out what’s been accumulated at Sun Is The Future about Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm

Please feel free to contact Paul Spencer of Clean Energy Collective or Joy Hughes of Solar Gardens for the benefit of their experience in developing Community Solar Gardens/Farms.

Community Solar Garden/Farm-(Westmill_Solar_Cooperative_1 Creaive Commons GNU Free Documentation License)

Community Solar Garden/Farm-(Westmill_Solar_Cooperative_1 Creaive Commons GNU Free Documentation License)

Community Solar Garden/Farm of Clean Energy Collective in Cowdery Meadow Community Solar (credit: Sun Is The Future-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Community Solar Garden/Farm of Clean Energy Collective in Cowdery Meadow Community Solar (credit: Sun Is The Future-Susan Sun Nunamaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV. If you need to get a loan or any financial assistance in order to participate in solar energy use, please consider these avenues, below:

  • Obtaining a loan via Kiva, then contact Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
  • Obtaining a loan via Mosaic, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sun Is The Future will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
  • Obtaining a grant via one of the crowdfunding platforms, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: sunisthefuture@gmail.com so Sun Is The Future will be able to help promote for your campaign. Different platforms have different conditions. So be sure to take care in choosing the appropriate ones for you.
  • If you live in Windermere, FL area and is obtaining either a solar loan or a solar grant via any of the avenues above, be sure to contact Windermere Sun by email: info.WindermereSun@gmail.com so Windermere Sun will be able to help promote for your loan or grant.

 

V. For those of you who truly have difficulty in affording the installation cost of solar, do not forget the recent victory at the Florida State Supreme Court, explained in this post. There is something you can do to help improve the chance of lowering your future utility bills, by obtaining more signatures to improve the chance of Floridians For Solar Choice ballot initiative to be passed in February of 2016.

May you/we all be able to enjoy the warmth and energy of Sunshine for many decades to come….

~Let’s Help One Another~
Any comments, suggestions, or concerns regarding this post will be welcomed at: info.WindermereSun@gmail.com
 

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20 March

China Leads The Way In 2015

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Great News! I just found out that the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) presented the ambitious goal of installing 17.8 GW (gigawatts) of solar capacity in 2015 (18.7% higher than the previous 15 GW proposal announced earlier this year).  The NEA indicated the need to “stabilize and expand the solar application market,”  as the reason for this new goal. China is determined to increase her renewable energy mix in power generation to 20% by 2030 and a target of 100 GW PV power by 2020. This is a fantastic way for President Xi Jinping to wage war against pollution!

Beijing air on two August 2005 days (after rain on left and smoggy day on right) (CC-Attribution: Bobak)

Beijing air on two August 2005 days (after rain on left and smoggy day on right) (CC-Attribution: Bobak)

Such aggressive goal results from careful consideration of the inevitable skyrocketing demand for energy from industrialization and urbanization of China.  For a country shouldering earthly population of over one billion people (approximately  1,361,512,576 ) and continued economic growth, Chinese leadership’s foresight to increase emphasis for clean energy and share of solar power will not only benefit the Chinese people but also rest of the world.

“This is good news for the industry,” Zhou Ziguang, analyst at Ping An Securities, told Reuters. “The state is hoping to boost solar consumption, although the chance of exceeding the target should not be big.”

Given the inadequate transmission infrastructure exists in many parts of the country, it is wise that the Chinese NEA is also rolling out a target of 8 GW of distributed solar (within this 17.8 GW goal) for 2015.  Historically seen in many parts of the world, renewable/solar energy industry growth is strongly correlated to regional policies. So, despite the fact that problems such as financing and rooftop rights may have surfaced, policies such as subsidies and incentives will set the right tone to enhance future solar energy installations and industry growth in China.

Solar Rooftop at Beijing

Solar Rooftop at Beijing (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Beijing with beautiful blue sky-hutung solar rooftop-Distributed Solar (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Sun Is The Future, we strongly encourage Chinese people to consider the concept of micro-finance, crowdfunding, and community solar garden/farm as part of the solution for financing much of the distributed solar installations in China. Many of these concepts are also explained and made available in: various posts in Sun Is The Future , sunisthefuture youtube channel ,  Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva , and information on Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm.People throughout the planet earth will be encouraging the Chinese people growing toward solar/renewable energy. It is great that the Chinese government has already taken note on implementing the fantastic policy of Feed-In-Tariff in stimulating the renewable/solar energy implementation and growth. We would also recommend consultation with Germany on streamlining the process of balance of system. Further understanding and implementation of Value of Solar will also be helpful.

Since the inception of Sun Is The Future (2011), the earthly solar installations on planet earth has more than doubled!

Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Such exponential growth is also seen in Chinese solar & renewable installations.  If China will be able to continue with such an ardent rate of renewable/solar growth, there is no doubt that China and Beijing will be able to become the cleanest (or one of the cleanest ) country/city on planet earth in thirty years. The wild card here is the battery storage technology. For the sake of all the people in China, as well as all people on planet earth, we wish for the speedy arrival of optimal (higher efficiency/lower cost) battery storage technology.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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21 February

Mission Accomplished For “Building Community Through Solar” Campaign

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Just received an update message from our friends with the revolving Solar Seed Fund, to be shared, below:

You’ve Received a Campaign Update!

Hello sunisthefuture,

Here’s an update for you from the ‘Building Community Through Solar’ team:1 new Announcement:

THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS CAMPAIGN A MASSIVE SUCCESS!! Thanks to you, we will now be able to provide solar power to Other Avenues! AND we’ve almost doubled the size of the revolving Solar Seed Fund, which will allow us to build more community-based solar projects even faster. Thank you for showing us what a grassroots solar movement looks like.

Visit the ‘Building Community Through Solar’ campaign.

Comment on or view this announcement here.

Respond directly to the campaign owner here.

Help spread the word about the campaign!

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This is terrific news! Congratulations! Thank you for planting the seeds of hope for all of us working with various communities in different parts of the world. Let those of us who are involved within our communities to take note that, with cooperative effort, many community solar projects can be accomplished!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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13 March

Revolving Fund For Community Solar Energy

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Just a quick note to let you all know that  another solar project has been helped by crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. This time, by helping installation of 22 kW solar array at the Kehilla Community to go solar today, hopefully there will be more communities to go solar tomorrow!  The  Re-volv project campaign  at Indiegogo (a crowdfunding platform), located in San Francisco, CA, had a goal of $55,000 that ran between December 3, 2013-January 23, 2014. At the end of its campaign period, over 300 people from 20 states and 7 countries came together collectively to fund a total of $56,070 was raised. Below, you will see/hear Andreas Karelas, the RE-volv project organizer sharing RE-volv and Solar Seed Fund with us, below:


For every $1 donated Kehilla will save $2 over the life of the solar energy system. For every $1 donated RE-volv will be able to invest $3 more in solar. So, for every $1 donated, it generates an additional $5 worth of benefit. By supporting this campaign, those  who helped not only helped to finance a solar energy system for the Kehilla Community Synagogue, saving them $130,000 during the life of the system, but also helped replacing grid electricity that would have emitted 14,490 lbs of carbon dioxide each year with clean solar energy. Furthermore, each donor is paying forward to create solar energy projects today and tomorrow through a revolving fund, the Solar Seed Fund.

When donating to the Solar Seed Fund, one is investing in this solar energy project and future projects for other nonprofits and cooperatives. The Solar Seed Fund pays for solar energy installations on local community centers that pay RE-volv back over time through the savings on their energy bill. Then RE-volv reinvests the principles and revenues it makes on each project into additional solar projects-an average of 3 to 5 projects. So investing in the Solar Seed Fund would multiply the donation amount over time as RE-volv invests in more projects. All of the donations to RE-volv are tax-deductible since RE-volv is a non-profit organization.  Perks such as: photos of the completed solar installation ($25 donation level), tote bag ($50 level), Danny Kennedy’s optimistic book on energy and sustainability in America “Rooftop Revolution” ($100 level), solar phone charger ($250 level), framed photo of the solar panel funded ($500 level), listed as an Executive Producer in Kehilla solar project and listed in RE-volv’s annual report ($1000 level), VIP Solar Tour ($2,500 level), dinner with RE-volv team ($5,000 level), RE-volv’s Executive Director will come to your community to speak about solar energy ($2,500 level), are in place.

During a previous project (RE-volv’s first solar project), 300 people from 26 states and 5 countries came together and donated to make their first solar installation possible at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, CA. This 10 KW project will not only save Shawl-Anderson thousands on the electricity bill, but their lease payments will be reinvested to finance four additional solar energy projects.

To quote from website, www.re-volv.org, below:

The idea behind RE-volv is simple: Let’s all get together, chip in a few bucks, and create a society powered by renewable energy. RE-volv, a nonprofit organization, finances local community-based solar projects through the Solar Seed Fund—a revolving fund for solar projects that raises money through crowdfunding.

We will look forward to more future projects with this organization as it expands from CA to elsewhere, for it is brilliant, collaborative, and serves its respective communities well. If your community is interested in renewable energy, RE-volv can help you to assess the renewable energy potential in your community and provide low-cost financing for your community’s renewable energy needs. For free consultation, please contact RE-volv via email at info@re-volv.org or phone 415-314-7719.

Yes, together, we earthlings may be able to invest in a brighter, cleaner future for all of our communities everywhere.

If your community is interested in renewable energy, RE-volv can help you to assess the renewable energy potential in your community and provide low-cost financing for your community’s renewable energy needs. For free consultation, please contact RE-volv via email at info@re-volv.org or phone 415-314-7719.

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5 June

It’s Bright To Be A Solar Investor

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A quick interruption from our series on Solar Plane-Solar Impulse: I want to share some information from Mosaic with you all, below. This may be of particular interest for solar enthusiasts who are residing in Florida and/or who believe in Solar-FIT (Feed-In-Tariff).

On Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, Oakland, CA based Mosaic (crowdfunding service that pools money of others to invest in solar projects)

Crowd-funding

opened investing in The Continuum (Graduate Student Housing, 425 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL  32601-5207)’s 251 kilowatt system. By 3:00P.M. 159 investors have already pooled together $91,000. Mosaic is seeking $386,000 for the project and is expecting to pay out 4.4 percent annual interest on these investments. Below is the press release from Mosaic.

 

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Media Inquiries:

Lisa Curtis / 510-872-9269 / lisa@joinmosaic.com / www.joinmosaic.com

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Mosaic Launches Solar Schools Program with New Project in Sunshine State

First Project on University of Florida Housing Offers 4.4%* Return

OAKLAND, CA — (June 4, 2013) Mosaic, an online marketplace that connects investors to high-quality solar projects, has just launched a new program to help schools benefit from solar by sourcing capital from the crowd. Mosaic’s first Solar Schools project is a 251 kW system on University of Florida apartment community for graduate students, faculty and staff that offers an estimated 4.4%* annual return.

“Schools have always been at the forefront of innovation. We hope that through Mosaic’s platform we can harness the power of the student, parent, faculty, administrator and alumni community to help more schools go solar,” said Mosaic’s Founder and President Billy Parish.

(Below is a clip on Billy Parish presenting Mosaic’s crowdfunding platform)

According to the Department of Energy, US K-12 school districts alone spend $6 Billion a year on energy – exceeding the amount allocated for textbooks and computers combined. Through Mosaic’s platform, individuals can help more schools move their funds towards education as well as support the schools use of a cleaner energy source. The impact of University of Florida’s project includes offsetting the average energy required to power 26 US homes in one year.

Along with offering its first solar project on a school, Mosaic is also crowdsourcing recommendations from those who want to help a school in their community go solar. Mosaic’s online solar schools tool allows parents, teachers, students, faculty and school administrators to nominate their school to go solar. Mosaic will then work to connect the school to top-tier solar developers and evaluate the project for the possibility of financing it on its platform.

From June 4th-June 11th Mosaic also has a special offer for students and faculty to match their first $100 investment with an additional $25 free if they create an investor account with their .edu email address (more details here).

Through Mosaic’s platform, investors can browse through solar projects and invest as little as $25 dollars to earn competitive returns. Mosaic’s expected yield is competitive with corporate bonds (averaging 5.20% from 2003-12) and significantly greater than that of Treasuries (1.90%) and CDs (0.50%).

About Mosaic

Mosaic is an online marketplace that connects investors to high-quality solar projects. Mosaic’s mission is to open up clean energy investing to the public and fundamentally change the way energy is financed. Mosaic is partnered with Standard & Poor’s, DuPont and Distributed Sun, among others, as part of the truSolar™ working group to standardize risk assessment and develop a score — similar to a credit rating — for each solar project. To date, Mosaic has raised over $2M from more than 1,000 investors to finance solar projects in California, Arizona and New Jersey. For more information about Mosaic visit www.joinmosaic.com.

*Please visit joinmosaic.com to learn more about the project and to access the offering memorandum, which discusses the project, the terms of the investment and the risks associated with this investment.

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11 April

Crowdfunding For Altruism and Investment

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Great news! After a long approval process, Mosaic (formerly Solar Mosaic), a Californian solar startup has received the go-ahead offering US $100 million in projects to Californian investors (for projects in CA), using crowdfunding platform.

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Mosaic has called this $100 million round of projects in California, the “Golden State Series“. In recent years, crowdfunding has had significant impact on creative industries and various technology projects in USA, with the site Kickstarter being the most prominent. “California has always been a leader in solar energy. We’re thrilled that now any resident of California can invest directly into solar energy for as little as $25,” said Billy Parish, President and Co-founder of Mosaic. The first project released under the new $100 million series of projects has been fully subscribed, raising the $157,750 required in less than six hours. The project is a 114 kW array for the roof of Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. Hip! Hip! Hurray! For Mosaic!

For those of you who are not residents of CA or USA, or with smaller projects in mind (be it in solar, wind, renewable of any kind, energy efficiency, or recycling), despair not…for the Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva has also been utilizing a slightly varied crowdfunding platform since March of 2012 to help entrepreneurs in USA and developing countries to establish small businesses or projects in solar energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and recycling. Thus far, 808 small businesses/projects (valued at $53,075 loaned) had been funded. The first solar loan that Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva helped to fund:Even though there were only about 30 or so members on the team at the time, we were able to gather the support from 1034 lenders from all corners of the planet earth to help fund that solar business.

For better understanding of crowdfunding, please refer to this link–>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_funding

For better understanding of how Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva or how Kiva works, please refer to links below:

  1. How Kiva works:                                          http://www.kiva.org/about/how
  2. How micro-finance works:                           http://www.kiva.org/about/microfinance
  3. List of Kiva Field Partner:                            http://kiva.org/partners
  4. How to become a Field Partner at Kiva:      http://www.kiva.org/partners/info
  5. Risk and Due Dilligence:                              http://www.kiva.org/about/risk

The main distinctions between Mosaic and Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva:

  1. There are greater restrictions for Mosaic investors/lenders (If you reside in a state other than California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, or New York, you may only invest on the Mosaic platform if you are an accredited investor, as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Whereas any one, any where, may join Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva to lend/help other entrepreneurs (in USA or in developing countries) to establish small businesses/projects in solar energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and recycling.
  2. Mosaic projects are confined to solar projects in CA, whereas Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva may involve projects in solar energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling, anywhere in USA and various developing countries.
  3. Most of the Mosaic lenders/investors are given the promise of  a yield of 4.5% whereas lenders to Kiva in Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva would  receive the great satisfaction of knowing that we are helping our planet Earth to transition into a cleaner, healthier, and less war-proned world. But if you’re  interested in helping to finance these projects at Kiva as an investment, then become a Field Partner at Kiva.

*Personally, I look at altruism as a form of long-term self-interest rather than short-term self-interest. Case in point, empowering another entrepreneur at the other side of the planet to become a solar producer (without expectation of any yield) will ultimately translate into lower CO2 emission into earth’s atmosphere…this will lead to a cleaner and healthier air and more secure planet (less international conflicts) for me as well as for you and our children and future generations to live in/on. To me, this is a very sound investment!

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

Any of your comments or suggestions are welcomed at sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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