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Intuit launches Climate Action Marketplace to help small businesses go solar (via EnergySage)

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 03rd November


By Chris Crowell November 2, 2021 View Profile

Global technology platform Intuit, makers of TurboTax, QuickBooks, etc., announced that it is forming a new climate-focused platform at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. This new Intuit Climate Action Marketplace will offer climate-friendly solutions for small businesses, such as options for solar power, as part of the company’s commitment to help one million U.S. small businesses cut their carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030.

EnergySage is one of 12 founding partners selected by Intuit and will serve as a go-to resource for researching and comparison-shopping all things solar energy.

“Solar isn’t just for big, Fortune 500 companies – it’s for businesses and non-profits of all sizes and industries,” said Vikram Aggarwal, CEO and founder of EnergySage. “Teaming up with Intuit allows us to educate businesses and entrepreneurs across the country about the tremendous financial and environmental benefits of solar energy, while providing tools and resources for taking action. As a company whose mission is to empower people to make smarter energy decisions through simplicity, transparency, and choice, we’re ecstatic to join Intuit in its commitment to curb climate change.”

Using the Intuit Climate Action Marketplace to explore solar options is quite simple. Users can visit and select EnergySage from the list of products and services. From here, EnergySage will guide users through the process of getting and comparing custom quotes from its network of pre-screened solar companies for installing rooftop solar panels, or help them find and subscribe to a local community solar farm. EnergySage also assigns dedicated, unbiased Energy Advisors to help them make an informed decision.

In addition to significantly reducing a business’s carbon footprint and making a business more resilient to the changing climate, both rooftop and community solar are incredibly smart financial investments. Solar helps businesses greatly reduce their electric bill, hedge against rising and volatile energy prices, and attract an increasingly eco-conscious consumer base. Further, switching to solar helps create high-quality local renewable energy jobs.

“Thanks to the leadership and innovation of Intuit, businesses will now have the support and resources needed for them to explore more sustainable choices that lead to a healthier planet for all and savings for the customer,” said Tess O’Brien, VP of Partnership at EnergySage. “We’re thrilled to be a part of such an important program and look forward to seeing more organizations enable climate action.”

With the launch of this marketplace, Intuit is committing to helping small businesses align to the United Nations Race to Zero pledge, a global campaign to rally leadership and support to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. The solutions provided by EnergySage and the other founding partners are designed to help small businesses find more sustainable choices to replace high carbon emission activities with no extra hassle, time or cost.

“We believe collective climate action by small businesses will have a substantial impact in solving the climate crisis,” said Sean Kinghorn, Head of Global Sustainability at Intuit. “We’re excited to team up with EnergySage and our other solution providers to launch the Intuit Climate Action Marketplace, and provide immediate opportunities for small businesses to take action to cut their carbon emissions.”

The Intuit Climate Action Marketplace is now available to all small businesses and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and U.K., with plans for expansion to additional global markets in 2022. Those in the U.S. who install solar panels on their property through EnergySage will get $100 to $10,000 cash back. The amount of cash-back a customer receives is based on the size of the system they’ve purchased. For example, they will receive $100 or $10,000 for installing a 5 kW or a 1,000 kW solar PV system, respectively. All community solar subscribers get $100 when they sign up via EnergySage.

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Tags: commercial, Community Solar

Source: https://solarbuildermag.com/news/intuit-launches-climate-action-marketplace-to-help-small-businesses-go-solar-via-energysage/