Home sharing not only saves travelers money but is now a way for guests and hosts to reduce their carbon footprint with sustainable vacation or business trip choices. That's why solar provider, SolarCity is offering Airbnb hosts rebates of up to $1,000 and a $100 travel credit for installing solar panel systems on their homes between now and the end of March 2017—they can qualify for a rebate of up to $750 through the end of the year.
“Our partnership with Airbnb demonstrates the important role energy plays in our everyday lives – including travel – and how clean energy can reduce everyone’s carbon impact on the world. Homeowners that make the simple switch to solar energy can save money on utility bills and fix their energy costs for years to come. This partnership will create the first opportunity for many Airbnb guests to stay in a solar-powered home, and allow them to experience first-hand how easy it is to use clean energy to contribute to a cleaner, healthier society,” said Toby Corey, President of Global Sales and Customer Experience, SolarCity.
The partnership between Airbnb and SolarCity is unique in that most group purchasing programs and incentives to go solar are generally local and regional offers. Since SolarCity and Airbnb operate in multiple markets throughout the US, expansion of green travel habits and solar installation can exist as virtual programs that work across multiple states.
“Travelers, especially millennials, want a more sustainable choice and homeowners want to make better use of the 13 million empty houses and 36 million empty bedrooms in the United States alone. Cleantech Group estimated that the average Airbnb guest night results in 61% less CO2 emissions as compared to a night in a hotel. At the same time, Airbnb is an economic empowerment tool for hosts who can use their homes – typically their greatest expense – to share space and generate a little extra money to pay the bills. We're excited to work with SolarCity to make renewable energy more affordable and accessible to everyone in the Airbnb community,” said Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s Head of Global Public Policy & Communications.
"Expanding sustainability programs, particularly in the tourism markets, is a key driver of economic development initiatives of cities across the world. Through this partnership, everyday citizens who use Airbnb to host travelers and explore new destinations can protect our planet by investing in renewable and affordable solar power. This is an economic and environmental win,” said Annise Parker, former Mayor of Houston and member of Airbnb's Mayoral Advisory Board.
Cooperative efforts between solar providers who use group purchasing efforts to procure PV panels and equipment in large quantities ultimately save the customer on installation expenses as well as lowering and creating more consistent renewable energy rates. For example, in Colorado, a group purchasing deal between Boulder Nissan and solar provider Sunrun offered customers who installed solar benefits from tax credit incentives, volume savings on solar array installation and a significant discount on the purchase of a Nissan Leaf electric car.Tweet