Geostellar, an online solar energy platform, has announced a partnership with the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC), a Baptist denomination with an estimated membership of 2.5 million people, and Together Solar, a developer of shared-solar energy generation projects, to offer solar power through PNBC member churches to their communities and congregations throughout the U.S.
“Our partnership with Geostellar will bring a myriad of benefits to our churches, congregations and communities,” says Reverend Dr. James C. Perkins, president of PNBC. “Lower energy costs, cleaner air, economic opportunity and job creation within our local communities are just a few of the crucial advantages to this synergistic partnership. Community solar is an important model of community investment that will empower our congregations to participate in the new, transformative energy economy.”
Community solar allows homes and businesses to subscribe to the electricity generated by solar panels hosted on other sites within the community. Geostellar and participating organizations such as the PNBC and member churches are initially offering community solar in 14 states, including the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota. Meanwhile, residential and commercial solar installations are also available nationwide.
“We are excited to partner with PNBC and member congregations to provide clean, affordable solar energy to underserved communities everywhere,” says David Levine, CEO of Geostellar. “With community solar, churches, schools and local businesses can play a key role in the transition to solar energy, bringing unparalleled opportunity for economic expansion and resilience in the face of climate change.”
“Shared solar energy systems are a great way for people to take advantage of cleaner, more affordable electricity without the requirement of owning your own home or commercial property,” adds Hugh Scott of Together Solar. “We are thrilled to finance community solar projects developed by Geostellar for the PNBC, member churches and local businesses in the DC area.”