Left to right: Duane Peterson, Jeff Irish, James Moore. SunCommon photo.
Vermont Business Magazine SunCommon of Waterbury is expanding into the greater Hudson Valley region through a merger with Hudson Solar of Rhinebeck, NY. The firms said they are joining together to bring even more residential, commercial and community solar to the region. Terms were not released.
"This is not your average merger. As a Certified BCorp and Benefit Corporation, SunCommon is committed to our people and planet, not just profit – and this mindset is driving the new partnership. Early in the transition, the entire 30-person Hudson Solar team roadtripped to Vermont and was welcomed by cheering crowds of SunCommoners, great food and a barn party," SunCommon said in a press release.
"There’s only one Vermont, but the Hudson Valley looks a lot like our beloved state — rural environment, small towns, and folks with deep connection to the land. The difference: Hudson Valley has four times Vermont’s population with less solar deployed."
SunCommon installs solar panels on the St Albans Town school last year. SunCommon photo.
SunCommon Co-Founder Duane Peterson explained the positive approach to merging the companies: “It was intentionally about human beings and feelings, imagining what it would be like from their point of view, and doing the little things that can signal our attention and love.”
The companies said Hudson Solar merger with SunCommon (and be rebranded as SunCommon) will accelerate local clean energy growth, creating new jobs and investment in Waterbury and in the greater Hudson Valley. SunCommon has grown to over 100 employees and helped over 4,500 Vermonters go solar in just six years.
“SunCommon’s grassroots, community-based approach makes going solar easy and fun for customers. Together, we’ll be able to drive our local clean energy movement much faster and greater than we could on our own," said Hudson Solar Founder, Jeff Irish.
“SunCommon’s mission is to tear down barriers to renewable energy, and this partnership helps us do just that – big time. We’re joining forces for good, and we’re thrilled to get started," SunCommon Co-Founder, James Moore said.
As Vermont’s largest solar business, SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Our mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use our business as a force for good.
SunCommon was chartered as one of Vermont's pioneering Benefit Corporations and is a Certified BCorp based on a rigorous third party assessment of our commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. The business is headquartered in Waterbury where most of our 100 workers operate out of Vermont’s largest net-positive office building, which produces more energy than it uses. For more information, go to www.suncommon.com and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @suncommon.
About Hudson Solar
Hudson Solar is New York’s regional solar expert, serving the Hudson Valley and Capital District since 2003. Hudson Solar’s mission is to help better our corner of the world by switching homes and businesses to clean energy. To learn more, visit us at: www.HudsonSolar.com or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Source: SunCommon. 5.18.2018