RE-volv empowers people and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy.
RE-volv's overall goal is to change the conversation on climate change in the United States from one of despair and denial to one of action, cooperation, and creative solutions. In order to shift our collective attitude surrounding climate change we must begin with simple tangible steps that allow us to feel empowered as individuals and as communities. Solar energy has the potential to play a major role in solving the climate crisis as a clean energy alternative to dirty fuel sources. Thankfully solar energy is also a great investment that can save communities and individuals money today. However, solar energy still faces numerous barriers to entry in many parts of the United States mostly caused by a general lack of awareness about the technology and its many benefits. Therefore, RE-volv's ultimate strategy is to build a citizens movement to make solar energy mainstream in the United States.
Strategy: Build a citizens movement to make solar energy mainstream in the United States. RE-volv is building a citizens movement for solar energy by empowering people to invest in solar, building solar projects in our communities, and educating people about the benefits of solar. This three-objective strategy creates a cycle that perpetuates itself. As empowered citizens donate to the Solar Seed Fund to build solar energy projects, more people learn about solar and become empowered citizens.
Levels of Impact:
The three levels of impact RE-volv aims to achieve are:
1. Empower - RE-volv empowers people to invest collectively in a revolving fund for solar energy
2. Invest - RE-volv invests the revolving fund in community-based solar energy projects
3. Educate - RE-volv raises awareness about solar energy by demonstrating the benefits of renewable energy to members of the communitites we serve
To see people unite around a common goal of creating a renewable energy powered society.
RE-volv envisions a world with a healthy environment and a stable climate. Where people have access to the resources they need to live prosperous lives. We believe that this world will be powered 100% by renewable energy; where renewable energy has become so affordable and abundant that it is built into virtually everything; where renewable energy with its decentralized nature has spread around the world providing everyone with access to abundant clean energy to power their needs; where renewable energy gives communitites economic freedom and self-reliance.
The main purpose of RE-volv is to help spread the adoption of renewable energy in the United States as a way to mitigate the effects of climate change. RE-volv aims to increase public support for renewable energy by providing citizens with a way to directly invest in building renewable energy projects. Thus our supporters make a direct impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating green jobs, and helping the renewable energy industry flourish.
RE-volv serves as a platform for the larger environmental community so that anyone, from anywhere, can join to produce tangible outcomes. Large numbers of concerned citizens using their own dollars to finance renewable energy projects will demonstrate the American people's strong commitment to creating a renewable energy future. We aim to demonstrate what is possible when the public unites behind a shared goal to expand renewable energy and counteract climate change.
Theory of Change:
RE-volv was founded on the belief that if people are given a direct opportunity to collectively build renewable energy projects, they will feel more empowered to create change. The Solar Seed Fund gives each of us the power to build renewable energy in our own communities.
Through direct investment, supporters of renewable energy can increase the demand for renewable energy and drive the industry forward. This can create an ever-growing demand for renewable energy nationwide as prices continue to drop.
Many community centers are committed to environmental sustainability but run into obstacles when trying to go solar. The organizations we work with are unable to take advantage of the tax credits available for solar energy, which makes it much harder for them to find solar financers. RE-volv makes going solar easy for nonprofits and cooperatives by offering low-cost financing through hassle-free lease agreements. We serve community centers that are nonprofits or cooperatives, playing important roles in the community, so we can work towards our mission and help them work towards theirs.
If we can demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy within local communities through first-hand experience, people are more likely to investigate renewable energy usage for their own homes and workplaces.