SunShare Partners With Arc Thrift Stores to Deliver Renewable Solar Energy

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SunShare Partners With Arc Thrift Stores to Deliver Renewable Solar Energy

On December 7, 2021, the Denver-based nonprofit, Arc Thrift Stores, announced its partnership with SunShare, a clean energy company also based in Denver. 

Through this coalition, Arc Thrift Stores will power all of its 30 locations with community solar energy. This creates a more sustainable business model for the company, as well as allowing the community to reap a range of benefits.

How It Works

You won’t necessarily see solar panels on top of Arc’s many locations, but instead, Arc is subscribing to SunShare’s community solar farm. This program allows businesses to receive a portion of the power provided by the farm without working with a utility company. The solar farm will distribute solar energy independently through the existing power grid.

SunShare’s founder, David Amster-Olszewski, established the company in 2011 to make the switch to solar energy more attainable for small businesses and residents in Colorado. 

Since then, SunShare has become a national operation with over 13,000 commercial and residential solar energy subscribers.

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More Community Resources for Colorado

This partnership comes with more than just solar energy. Members of the Arc Ambassador team will be educated on the benefits of solar energy and become resources for people in their communities wanting to live more sustainably.

Because their partnership with SunShare allows them to bypass the purchasing of solar energy equipment, Arc Thrift Store’s CEO and President, Lloyd Lewis will invest those funds back into the business.

“SunShare offered us the optimal choice to transition to a green energy source for the same price as our current fossil-fuel energy through a subscription that alleviates the expense of installing and maintaining solar panels on our own, allowing us to direct those funds to our staff rather than infrastructure.”

Increased funds for Arc’s staff means bolstering their long list of community services in Denver. 

The company currently employs a large number of Colorado residents with developmental disabilities, provides donations to those affected by natural disasters, and repurposes over 100 million pounds of goods annually. When items don’t sell in their stores, Arc keeps them out of landfills by shipping them to other areas and countries in need.

[Related: What to Know About Colorado’s Community Solar Gardens Modernization Act]

Hope for a Solar Energy Revolution

While Colorado benefits directly from this partnership, it also spells good things for the rest of the country. 

SInce more companies and residential homes are making the jump to solar energy, costs have dropped 70% in the last decade. And while solar energy offsets over 127 metric tons of carbon emissions annually, that number will steadily rise if more partnerships blossom between businesses and solar companies.

[Related: How Going Solar Benefits the Environment and Public Health]

Contact Freedom Solar to Start Using Solar Power

Since 2007, Freedom Solar has provided accessible residential solar power and commercial solar energy solutions to customers across the nation. From consultation to solar panel installation and maintenance, we’re with you every step of the way.

If you’re interested in going solar and joining the global move away from fossil fuels, contact us at one of our varying locations. Call +1 (800) 504-2337 or complete our inquiry form and one of our solar specialists will be in touch!

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