RE-volv empowers people and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy.
To see people unite around a common goal of creating a renewable energy powered society.
Theory of Change:
We believe that if people are given the opportunity to help build renewable energy projects directly as part of a group effort, they will feel more empowered to effect change and will become more engaged in building support for renewable energy. We believe that if renewable energy supporters can grow the demand for renewable energy through direct investment, it will help grow the industry. This allows prices to drop and creates ever-growing demand for renewable energy nationwide. We also believe that 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 work places.
Levels of Impact:
The three levels of impact RE-volv aims to achieve are:
1. Empower people to invest collectively in renewable energy.
2. Grow the renewable energy industry by using a revolving fund to finance community solar installations.
3. Demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy to members of participating communities.
The main purpose of RE-volv is to help speed the adoption of renewable energy in the United States. RE-volv aims to increase public support for renewable energy by providing citizens with a way to contribute to building renewable energy projects. By investing directly in renewable energy projects, RE-volv will lower greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and local air pollution; create green jobs; and help grow the renewable energy industry. By offering low-cost financing to non-profit organizations that serve as community centers, RE-volv is helping communities save money, while at the same time educating community members about renewable energy.
RE-volv serves as a platform for the larger environmental community because it is a tangible effort that anyone, anywhere can join. Large numbers of concerned citizens, using their own dollars to finance renewable energy projects, will demonstrate the American public’s strong commitment to a renewable energy future. We aim to demonstrate what is possible when the public unites behind a shared goal to build tangible support for renewable energy.