Solar United Neighbors through education and helping people go solar, allows homeowners and businesses to take control of where the electricity comes from and one of the great ways that we do that is through their solar co-op program. These programs empower solar supporters to join together, and fight for their energy rights and be an advocacy for better government solar energy policies and promote energy independence sharing the vision of an energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone, which allows people to save money by producing their own power while creatinggood industry jobs, improving the strength and reliability of the nation’s energy systems and helping to reduce pollution and protecting the environment. Solar United Neighbors provides the technical expertise and consumer advocacy for people, business and communities going solar, they are not a sales company, they do not sell solar energy systems. However, they work closely with partners to spread the word about solar and help you make the switch to solar as easy as possible. Solar energy benefits us all. For individuals, organizations, and businesses, going solar can create real opportunities for cost savings and community development. This is especially true for municipal governments. Given their high electricity
costs and access to sunny real estate, municipalities are uniquely primed to take advantage of the benefits of going solar. Solar United Neighbors helps individuals, organizations and businesses go solar. “If you go to the Solar United Neighbors’ website, you will see that we have created a directory of businesses that have gone solar,” Cheslin, goes on to say, “Many have been featured on the site so that you can learn more about the businesses and their solar energy systems.” Thedirectory helps solar energy supporters connect with and support businesses in their community that are solar advocates in their own right.
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This competition recognizes each brewery’s commitment to solar, whether it was to save money, be more environmentally sustainable, support their local clean energy economy, or become energy independent, there are as many great reasons for the 150 solar-powered craft breweries to go solar as there are great craft beers and this competition celebrates them both. If you are looking to get more information or would like to get your brewery involved or just would like to see the brewers that have made the switch to solar check out their website at brewsfromthesun.org Solar United Neighbors’ second major event is the National Solar Tour which officially takes place on October 5th and 6th. The National Solar Tour is organized by Solar United Neighbors in partnership with the American Solar Energy Society, along with the support and local organizing efforts of over 130 partner organizations and companies. The National Solar Tour is free and open to the public, as hundreds of peoplewhohavegone solar across thenationopen their homes, businesses, non-profit organizations, municipal buildings, religious institutions, schools, and community solar gardens, hosting solar open house events to engage their communities around the power of solar energy.
Solar UnitedNeighborsworks togrow the community of solar supporters in many ways. Two of these are Brews from the Sun and National Solar Tour. These events allow businesses and homeowners to spotlight solar energy systems along with their commitment to solar and the benefits of going solar for others that are either interested in making the switch or have made the switch themselves. Solar United Neighbors’ Brews from the Sun competition brings together two growing industries; craft beer and solar energy. The Brews from the Sun competition allows craft beer enthusiasts and solar energy supporters celebrate the many craft breweries across the nation who have made the choice to go solar in the pursuit of unique and flavorful beers. The craft brewing supporters very much like solar energy supporters believe in community and making a difference for the people they service in the neighborhoods. That is why for the last two years, solar-powered craft breweries from across the country compete in a six-week completion during the spring to receive votes and be crowned America’s Favorite Solar Craft Brewery of 2019 in one of three categories; Brewpub, Microbrewery and Regional Brewery.
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