A community solar charity has been running in Colorado to raise money for solar subscriptions. The funds accrued through Energy Outreach Colorado’s “Keep the Lights On Colorado” campaign are being used to donate community solar subscriptions to low-income households throughout the state. Recently, a solar developer donated $10,000, which is enough to provide more than 20 subscriptions.
The Keep the Lights on Colorado community solar charity was orchestrated by Energy Outreach as a means of helping homeowners, especially those affected by the 2020 pandemic. To help Energy Outreach help more residents, Namaste Solar, a Denver-based solar developer, pledged $10,000, which, according to Energy Outreach, would provide more than 20 homes with a subscription.
Keep the Lights on Colorado features different levels of donations, from Promoter Level to Leadership Level. Based on the scale, a $1,000 pledge would cover the annual subscription for four families, saving them over $1,272. The Influencer Level pledge of $2,500 would help 10 families and save a total of $3,180. At the Leadership Level, a donation of $5,000 would secure a subscription for 20 families and save a collective $6,360 in energy costs.
Namaste’s generous donation is among the largest received by Energy Outreach. According to Namaste’s website, only Promote and Influencer-level donations have been received by companies like rule4, Conscience Bay Company, Alpine Bank, Premier Members Credit Union, and The Colorado Sound.
With a planned end date of Dec. 3, 2020, Keep the Lights on Colorado still has time to draw in more donations, which will increase the number of subscriptions it can provide the state’s underserved communities. With each subscription, homeowners benefit from the energy generated by a centralized solar facility.
When not donated, homeowners pay into a subscription and, in return, receive an energy credit on their monthly bill. Participants are not locked into a contract and can cancel their subscription at no extra charge.