June 6, 2016

Community Development

Community involvement starts locally, and we seek to help energy saving and health improving programs better penetrate into their respective areas and populations. In some cases, this involves working with housing and community development programs, and in others, it involves building new communities with similar interests from scratch.

Data handling is fundamental to all of the following programs, and we are seeking technological methods, workflows, and developer partners wishing to expand, research, or digitize on our standards and programs in the real world. We forecast an interesting interplay between datasets for energy metering, personal health, social decisions, and housing.

The programs below are getting projects completed and jobs created in the real world. These programs serve as a test-bed for our blockchain research and partners. Behind the scenes, we can be mapping and tinkering with decentralized control of data privacy, sharing, and permissioning using modern techniques and cutting edge database systems.

Housing Durability and Weatherization

We are seeking to continue our cycle of Maryland area Block Grants and Weatherization Assistance into the 2019 FY.

  • Our programs assists¬†income-eligible¬†homeowners and renters in Maryland with Weatherization which results in energy efficiency and lower electric bills.

Health and Human Services

We seek to promote healthy choices and lifestyles in homes and workplaces. Hospitals and Healthcare insurers who have mandates to deploy reserve capital pro-actively (vs. re-actively) can contact us to discuss how they can reduce public healthcare expenses in their area(s) by using data and connections back to their local Housing or Community programs.

  • We are seeking researchers, housing programs, and healthcare providers interested in producing targeted channels like:
    • reducing violent crime through improved / cheaper access to internet and energy
    • reducing asthma emergency room visits through better air quality in homes
    • reducing elderly slip-and-fall accidents through in-home maintenance
  • In 2019, we hope to setup an On the Job Training (OJT) program in concert with other Maryland non-profits and energy contractors.

Solar PV – Discount Cooperative Groups

Our Solar Discount Cooperative Groups are regional creations that each last a few months to a year during which area residents (who are interested in pursuing solar PV on their homes) can band together and request bulk pricing from area installers.

Our community-based outreach initiative brings solar power to people in their homes and businesses and works in partnership with local governments and other supporters to run the discount group campaigns. The benefits of this model for homeowners include:

  • Education about solar through free community workshops
  • Free solar satellite assessment
  • Qualified, local solar installers
  • Discounted pricing for solar systems
  • Information about incentives and financing
  • Facilitation of solar installation

Community-owned Renewable Energy

We seek economic empowerment of individuals through access to clean energy systems and ownership rights of community-based, crowd-funded renewable energy assets. We are working with several DC and Maryland building owners to prep for a solar system that would be owned by the crowd vs. traditional financiers. The end result to the business owner is discounted power for 20 years (very similar to a standard PPA). The difference is that funding of the PPA can take several months as we seek to gather local resident interest.

  • Our model is unique in that residents can choose to lend (or “sponsor”) the contribution of a low income resident, with Community software that automatically repays and settles the loan without involving the two parties themselves having to ever know each other or communicate.
  • This means that a low-income resident can buy into a $200 solar asset share for $100, with the other $100 lent by another resident sponsor. Income due to the low-income resident is split with the sponsor account until repaid.
  • This is a low-income subsidy method towards encouragement of “owning” renewable energy, that is not reliant on government funding or socialized rate-payer programs.