This Group Purchase Program Has Ended
All Energy Solar and Blackbird Gen LLC, a newly formed business run by two Carthage College students, announce a limited time campaign to boost site-based solar energy generation in Kenosha and parts of eastern Wisconsin by offering home and business owners additional rebates to help make the switch.
In addition to the solar rebates for each installation, kilowatts (kW) sold in this group purchase will result in a donation from All Energy Solar to Blackbird Gen in order to help the student-run business achieve its environmental objectives for the surrounding community.
Blackbird Gen was born from an Enactus project Zach Gibson and Sophie Shulman started this past year. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that empowers student entrepreneurs to create a better, more sustainable world. Through Enactus, students take skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real-world problems. Blackbird Gen was created out of the goal to reduce carbon emissions in the community by 2030 and to make solar more visible throughout Kenosha and eastern Wisconsin.
“Blackbird Gen has the goal of giving local residents and businesses an extra monetary incentive to switch to a greener form of energy. We saw it as a great opportunity to educate the community on not only the environmental benefits of solar panels, but the economic ones as well,” said Zachary Gibson, Enactus Vice President and Blackbird Gen LLC co-founder. “At first, we were drawn to All Energy Solar’s Ambassador Referral Program because it would allow us to do just that, but we reached out to them to see if there was a way to make it work even better for our objectives.”
“We listened to what they had in mind and came to the idea that a group purchase was a better option for their goals than a referral program,” said Ryan Buege, Director of Sales & Marketing for All Energy Solar. “We’ve completed successful group buys with other communities and we’re passionate about them as a way to help a lot of people make the switch to solar. When you have a motivated organization to partner with like Blackbird Gen to help make it happen, it’s a win-win-win for everyone involved.”
After several conversations and meetings, the Kenosha Area Solar Group Buy was ready to introduce to the community. The program will be administered by All Energy Solar, headquartered in Saint Paul, Minn., with a satellite office in Madison, Wis.
Every participant that makes the switch to solar with Blackbird Gen collectively reduces the cost of all the solar installations in the group buy to reflect the total effort. At the end of the program, All Energy Solar provides a rebate check to everyone who participated in the group purchase.
The more people who sign up, the more rebates everyone in the group will receive. If the effort is able to achieve 25 to 49.99 kW, everyone in the group will receive a $0.02 per watt rebate. At 50 to 99.99 kW, the rebate is $0.03 per watt, and the incentives increase all the way until the group reaches 200 kW or more for a full $0.10 per watt rebate. For an average residence, that could save approximately $880 and much more for a business. For example, if a business installs a 40 kW solar array, this would be a $4,000 rebate.
The solar rebates offered by All Energy Solar can be stacked together with other incentives available to help pay for solar installations. For example, there is a 26 percent federal tax credit for all 2021 solar projects. Participants may also qualify for Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy solar rebate program, though funding is limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Kenosha Area Solar Group Buy program helps Blackbird Gen to raise funds in a variety of ways. First, each person who gets a solar evaluation for their property through the program will trigger a $25 donation to the startup. Next, every five kW of residential or commercial solar contracts signed as a result of the program will trigger a $300 donation.
“We love seeing the next generation of entrepreneurs dedicate themselves to green energy and find ways to bring it to their community. It is our goal through this group buy to support such entrepreneurs and help them grow out of their student organization into a fully realized student business.”
If the Group Buy reaches 200 kW between September 15, 2021, and April 30, 2022, participants in the program will lock in the maximum possible level of rebates for their solar installation. All Energy Solar will also donate $10,000 to Blackbird Gen to use towards organizational goals.
The program is currently open to qualified residents of Kenosha and the surrounding Wisconsin communities.
About All Energy Solar
All Energy Solar provides a full-service solar energy integration experience for residential, commercial, agricultural, and government customers looking to make the transition to solar energy. The company provides accurate return on investment forecasting, direct financing, and hands-on help navigating the incentive and rebate process. With industry-leading certifications and full electrical and building licenses, All Energy Solar installs quality solar power systems at competitive prices and monitors and maintains the systems after installation. To learn more, visit www.allenergysolar.com.