Speeding the Energy Transition
April 5, 2022

Bruce Stewart, CEO of Perch Energy | Bringing Community Solar to the Masses Ep.80

Bruce Stewart, CEO of Perch Energy | Bringing Community Solar to the Masses Ep.80

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Many consumers would like to choose renewable energy but either can't afford it or don't know how. 

But what if you didn't need a solar panel on your own rooftop to access solar power? What if you could share a solar farm with others in the community to get affordable power when you need it? 

Bruce Stewart is President and CEO of Perch Energy, a Boston-based clean energy technology and services company focused on accelerating access to community solar. 

Bruce has decades of experience leading both energy and technology companies, and he is committed to Perch's mission of making cleaner energy options more accessible for all. 

To date, Perch has enabled more than 6,300 community solar subscriptions for homes, businesses and municipalities, providing more than $9.7M in customer savings. 

On this episode of Clean Power Hour, Bruce joins Tim to explain how community solar leverages the shared economy to help more people be carbon neutral, providing equitable availability of clean energy sources in low- and middle-income neighborhoods. 

Bruce discusses what we can do to facilitate the exponential growth of community solar, describing how he thinks about using incentives to make the transition to clean energy faster. 

Listen in to understand how Perch serves its asset owner partners in subscribing customers and learn how community solar helps consumers act on their values to choose clean energy solutions.

Key Takeaways

Bruce's background as an energy executive bringing choice to consumers

Why the opportunity to make clean energy solutions more accessible attracted Bruce to Perch 

Perch's presence in markets where community solar is enabled or emerging

Perch's commitment to providing equitable availability of clean energy sources in low- and middle-income neighborhoods

The benefits of community solar in terms of energy cost savings and economic improvement 

How community solar leverages the shared economy to help more people be carbon neutral

What we can do to facilitate the exponential growth of community solar

How Bruce thinks about using incentives to make the transition to clean energy faster

How Perch serves its development and asset owner partners in subscribing and managing customers over time 

Bruce's plans for the $7.2M in Series A funding Perch raised in March

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Resources

Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standards

Urbana Municipal Electric Aggregation

SunPower

Illinois Power Agency

DOE Community Solar Projections

Wood Mackenzie Community Solar Projections

Nexamp

Midwest Solar Expo [Discount Code CPH15] 

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Clean Power Consulting Group

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