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Community Solar is Creating an Energy Revolution

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary from the Real Leaders Podcast

“We’ve impacted a lot of people’s lives in a very positive way, and we’re proud of all of that. But what we’re most proud of is the team that we’ve built. And I think a real leader is someone who consistently inspires the best in others and inspires them to join a mission. We are very proud of the mission that we’re on, which is to revolutionize energy with simple, powerful solar solutions.”

Trevor Hardy is the CEO of BlueWave Solar, a Certified B Corp. with a vision of protecting the planet by transforming access to renewable energy. BlueWave Solar is among the Real Leaders 100 Top Impact Companies of 2020.

The following is a summary of Episode 60 of the Real Leaders Podcast, a conversation with BlueWave Solar CEO, Trevor Hardy. Read or listen to the full conversation below.

On Board the Solar Coaster

Trevor shares his journey from a career in real estate private equity to a more meaningful endeavor on a new frontier. When he “jumped on board the solar coaster” ten years ago, the industry was in it’s wild west days, but solar’s potential was too impactful to ignore.

“In the US, I think it’s a no-brainer, and I say a no-brainer because it makes fundamental economic sense right now. Solar and wind are the cheapest sources of new power. I said to myself, “Why aren’t we doing this as a community? You know, we’ve got this unbelievable resource. Why aren’t we doing this? It seems to be the most obvious thing.”

Listen to Episode 60 on Spotify, Anchor, Crowdcast, and Apple Podcasts

Community Solar

BlueWave Solar capitalizes on solar potential as a community solar service provider. Their solar farms offer innovative community solar subscriptions. These farms consequently eliminate individual households’ need to install (and independently finance) rooftop panels. As a result, homeowners, renters, small business owners, and municipalities can all be part of the energy revolution. Additionally, there are environmental and economic benefits for everyone.

“When you look at the broader economic impact of installing these large solar farms, were you also employing local people to build the facilities? Are you employing local people to manage and maintain those facilities? A lot of those facilities in rural areas which are really really struggling economically, I mean, it is a no-brainer.”


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