Village Power collaborates with the leadership of the community organization to provide community members the opportunity to invest in, and profit from, the solar system. Village Power is your partner through the entire system life cycle, which we break into three phases:
Phase I: Educate & Organize
We begin by educating community leaders about the benefits of solar energy and how community organizations can finance a solar project with locally sourced “community capital,” creating a “win” for all parties. We equip community organizations with the tools, to identify, educate, and recruit potential investors from the community through in-person meetings and web-based tools and presentations.
Phase II: Fund & Construct
When enough money to pay for the facility has been pledged, we set up a new company to hold the solar asset (“Solar Project Company”), then work with a qualified solar contractor to install the system. We also create and manage all of the contracts that govern the financing of the Project, using our web-based account management system. In this way, investors can do everything from funding their investments, to e-signing documents, to checking system performance and account status.
Phase III: Asset Manage
Once the Project is constructed, Village Power is there to manage the system and monitor performance. We ensure the solar asset is properly insured, the panels are cleaned, and warrantee claims are handled. Our platform enables community organizations to perform all billing and accounting functions on behalf of investors. The process is completely transparent, and investors can monitor both the system’s performance and their investment through our website.
Yes. The organizations below have completed solar projects with capital sourced from within their community. These are not Village Power projects; for a list of ongoing Village Power projects, please contact one of our representatives.
Churches & Schools
- Christ Church, Portola Valley, CA
- St. Stephens Church, Orinda, CA
- Zen Center, San Francisco, CA
- Christ the King Lutheran Church, Fremont, CA
- First Chinese Baptist Church, San Francisco, CA
- St. John’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, CA
- Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, Richmond, CA
- North Creek Church, Walnut Creek, CA
- Berkshire School, Sheffield, MA