Columbia University

Technology Ventures

The Democratization of Solar Energy

February 01, 2017
Donna Sanders
Uris Hall, Calder Lounge 1st Floor
CBS, 3022 Broadway

Pollution that arises from the burning of fossil fuels has several environmental, financial, and health consequences. As a result, international, national, and local laws are being enacted favoring renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. New York State, specifically, has enacted a Clean Energy Standard that mandates 50 percent of all energy come from renewable sources by 2030.

Social Solar, founded by Columbia University alumni, caters to NYC residents and businesses who are dissatisfied with being excluded from solar simply because they live in co-ops and condos, or because their business rooftop is too small. Social Solar’s service is a new shared solution that provides consolidation of solar needs to form one solar community as an inclusive option for solar power, utility savings, and cleaner air. Join us to discuss:

  • What are some of the financial and structural barriers prohibiting widespread community solar adoption in NYC?
  • What are viable community solar solutions?