After the first six years of the solar system’s lifetime, the Project Investors have recouped their investment – likely with a return – thanks to the tax benefits offered for this type of local economic development and the sale of electricity & RECs.The investor’s now have a choice:

  1. sell the system to a community group for a fraction of its original cost
  2. (if structured with AIRE’s model), donate/bargain sale the system to the non-profit “hosting” the system, realizing a final charitable deduction.

Either way, the non-profit community group:

  1. owns a solar electricity or hot water heating system at a deep discount
  2. pays a “flat” deeply-discounted rate for the future energy created by the solar system – gaining protection from the rising cost of energy
  3. creates a direct means of growing and supporting the green tech, clean energy economy in their community
  4. consumes energy that does not require fossil fuel, whose creation and use degrades the air, water, flora and fauna of their community or region
  5. encourages entrepreneurial “solar farmers’ markets” emphasizing localized production, increased competition/consumer choice, and unobstructed access to the “clean” energy industry
  6. provides a “billboard” testimonial of the many benefits offered by renewable energy development for neighborhoods, communities and municipalities
  7. focuses financial support for the organization’s beliefs and values through a “good news”, “solutions-based” campaign

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