Sustainable Energy Developments Inc., an Ontario renewable energy company, recently announced its rebranding through a partnership with Vermont-based SunCommon.
The partnership helps SED to bring more renewable energy to the Greater Rochester area and advance its goal to dramatically increase solar adoption in Rochester, central and western New York.
The new SunCommon is a marriage of SED’s 15 years of renewable energy development and commercial project expertise and SunCommon’s innovative community model that makes going solar affordable. To date, SED has installed nearly 40 megawatts of wind and solar projects, while SunCommon has helped more than 3,000 Vermont homes go solar in five years.
“I really like what I do,” said Kevin Schulte, CEO of SunCommon New York. “We have created a business that combats climate change and delivers real economic value to our customers, but I love the idea of what the future holds because of this partnership. Together, with other mission-driven businesses like the one that co-presidents Duane Peterson and James Moore and the amazing SunCommon team in Vermont have built, we can do more to create positive change through market-based solutions. Our vision for joining forces with SunCommon is greater than just deploying more solar energy.”
SunCommon was organized as a Vermont Benefit Corporation and is a Certified B Corp. SED achieved B Corp status in 2015. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. To date, 2,000 companies worldwide have achieved this certification.
“We became a B Corp, because we strive to be part of something bigger, and we wanted a structure to measure the impacts we have as a business on our world,” said George McConochie, chief operations officer for SunCommon NY. “Taking on the SunCommon name and joining forces with this great, purpose-driven company is an example of how businesses can grow sustainably and cooperatively. This partnership deepens our commitment to doing right with our business and provides more resources to build more renewable energy, more quality jobs and more transformative opportunities for our communities.”
Peterson and Moore, along with Schulte and McConochie, have known of each other’s work for years in the renewable energy industry.
While the partnership was not official until 2017, SED and SunCommon have been working together to launch a community solar program in New York since 2015. Last year, the two companies completed three solar projects in Ontario and Webster that provided 130 households with the opportunity to go solar with no upfront cost.
Community Solar allows everyone with an electric bill to go solar by purchasing shares in a local Community Solar Array. Building on the success of offering the first Community Solar in the region and the customer demand for more solar, SunCommon is in the development stages on 20 megawatts of Community Solar for 2017 and beyond.
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