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Break the Bank

How might we re-think the way communities pay for, produce, and consume energy?

Fresh thinking around the way we pay for, produce, and consume energy will incentivize uptake of renewable energy.

How might we re-think the way communities pay for, produce, and consume energy? What new and creative financing mechanisms or business models will incentivize uptake in renewable energy?

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This idea is for individuals whose transition to green power is impeded price barriers. Communities will come together to increase customer negotiating power in order to reduce the price of renewable energy and increase the amount of green power goin

This idea is for individuals whose transition to green power is impeded price barriers. Communities will come together to increase customer negotiating power in order to reduce the price of renewable energy and increase the amount of green power goin

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People need to know who (a face and name) they are paying energy bills to and who is tracking their energy expenditures for them to make more conscious energy related decisions. Our approach connects personalized energy experts who are workers at ele

People need to know who (a face and name) they are paying energy bills to and who is tracking their energy expenditures for them to make more conscious energy related decisions. Our approach connects personalized energy experts who are workers at ele

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It's Airbnb meets PG&E--apply P2P platforms to DERs, allowing individuals to directly sell excess electricity production from renewable energy.  Electricity producers will be financially empowered, consumers will have cheaper and more renewable optio

It's Airbnb meets PG&E--apply P2P platforms to DERs, allowing individuals to directly sell excess electricity production from renewable energy. Electricity producers will be financially empowered, consumers will have cheaper and more renewable optio

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Our idea is a solar pay-as-you-go “business in a box” kit for Tanzania. It is an income-producing asset for an entrepreneur (just like a chicken or goat) but it is also an affordable way to buy light (and mobile phone charging) for an end-consumer.

Our idea is a solar pay-as-you-go “business in a box” kit for Tanzania. It is an income-producing asset for an entrepreneur (just like a chicken or goat) but it is also an affordable way to buy light (and mobile phone charging) for an end-consumer.

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Utilizing transparent data for community cooperation and competition. The energy data will be used by community associations to find synergies between homes, incentivize distributed resources, and create engaged communities.

Utilizing transparent data for community cooperation and competition. The energy data will be used by community associations to find synergies between homes, incentivize distributed resources, and create engaged communities.

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"Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return."

Impact investing  trough your retirement scheme

"Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return." Impact investing trough your retirement scheme

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Younger people often convince their parents to go green because of their strong concern about climate change.  What if we incentivized this by offering scholarships or forgiving student loans?  e.g. If a family with a kid installs solar on their roof

Younger people often convince their parents to go green because of their strong concern about climate change. What if we incentivized this by offering scholarships or forgiving student loans? e.g. If a family with a kid installs solar on their roof

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EnergyGlass™ is a patented Optically Clear Vertical Building Photovoltaic Window System that produces continuous energy from sunlight, diffused, ambient light and ground reflectance and the only 100% FIELD of VISION in the world. The entire surface o

EnergyGlass™ is a patented Optically Clear Vertical Building Photovoltaic Window System that produces continuous energy from sunlight, diffused, ambient light and ground reflectance and the only 100% FIELD of VISION in the world. The entire surface o

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Communities can make themselves independent by using their daily waste to produce energy.

[UPDATE_FEB1ST] 
In Germany there is a community of 180 people nearby Berlin which are completely autarc from national power-plants. Read their story below!

Communities can make themselves independent by using their daily waste to produce energy. [UPDATE_FEB1ST] In Germany there is a community of 180 people nearby Berlin which are completely autarc from national power-plants. Read their story below!

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Storing renewable energy from wind farms, solar panels etc. has a major problem.  Most storage technologies are inefficient at best and very wasteful at worst.  

Large scale batteries that would be used to store the electricity cannot be fully cha

Storing renewable energy from wind farms, solar panels etc. has a major problem. Most storage technologies are inefficient at best and very wasteful at worst. Large scale batteries that would be used to store the electricity cannot be fully cha

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We propose a community-based consumer cap and trade system (with "energy bitcoins"). Through an opt-in (or mandatory) system, a community will set aggregate energy efficiency/savings goals, and use a cap and trade type-system to achieve those goals.

We propose a community-based consumer cap and trade system (with "energy bitcoins"). Through an opt-in (or mandatory) system, a community will set aggregate energy efficiency/savings goals, and use a cap and trade type-system to achieve those goals.

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Break the bank by literally breaking the bank. Our society has progressed from trade to currency to plastic-credit card systems, to digital payment. We have the capability of adding a new currency that is centered around making choices that promote p

Break the bank by literally breaking the bank. Our society has progressed from trade to currency to plastic-credit card systems, to digital payment. We have the capability of adding a new currency that is centered around making choices that promote p

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