Based in Dover, New Hampshire, Barrett Miles and his fiancée recently became first-time homeowners. And since Barrett is also Mosaic’s Partner Account Manager on the east coast, you might not be surprised to hear that going solar - with a Mosaic solar loan, of course - was very high on their list of ‘to dos’ after moving in. Of course, getting smart about energy use means going beyond solar - you need to look at the consumption side as well, especially in a drafty old New England house that depends on expensive fuel oil for heating and hot water…
Let’s face it: home improvement projects are personal. That kitchen remodel isn’t just because you’ve got a thing for quartzite - it’s about creating a place to connect with and nourish your family. And the insulation and double-paned windows you’re putting in aren’t just about saving money on your energy bills - it’s about building a more sustainable world, starting at home.
Togetherness is key to one of our favorite values: Teamwork is the Dreamwork. We’re trying to build a better world, one home at a time; it’s a dream job, but it’s a big one! Great work can’t be done alone, so we make sure to always trust each other and build honest relationships.
As an installer, you know that many homeowners get inspired to go solar when other homeowners in their area go solar. Between seeing those beautiful PV panels gleaming in the sun and hearing about how much their solar neighbors are saving on their electricity bills, there’s a strong ‘viral’ component to clean energy revolution.
While frequently-turbulent news coming out of Washington, DC tends to dominate headlines, solar professionals know that state level policies are usually more important to the success of their business. Not only that, but solar companies and other advocates can often have the greatest policy impact at the state level - making it doubly important to follow what’s going on and get involved.
Mosaic is a big believer in the importance of establishing the right kind of culture when you’re trying to build a world-changing business. And, as we discussed in a recent blog post, “culture” isn’t just a vague idea for us – we’ve defined Mosaic’s culture in terms of eight core values, and we actively work to nurture them in our office life.
One of our most important values is to Work With Joy…
The race is on to reduce costs in solar and push the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) closer to grid parity with more “traditional” sources of power. In other words, money talks and solar needs to speak the same financial language as fossil fuels. We don’t get to 100% clean energy for all if renewables can’t compete when it comes to homeowners’ pocketbooks.
Customers and industry folks alike often focus on panels as the most visible and critical part of a solar installation, but many other components can make or break the cost - and durability - of home solar. Let’s take a closer look at two components of the solar hardware cost stack: inverters and mounting/racking.
From its first days, Mosaic’s goal has been to bring people together to build something greater than all of us: a 100% clean energy present (not future) that empowers everyone to prosper from protecting the planet. It’s in our DNA - after all, we started as a solar crowdfunding company, and now we’re providing one-stop financing for homeowners to create their own 100% modern homes.
That inspiring vision isn’t just about the why, when, and what we’re doing, though - it’s also about how we do it and who we do it with…
There’s been a lot of click-grabbing headlines about the solar industry over the past year, but when you look at the data, the trends driving this industry are clear: solar is becoming more and more affordable, and the home solar market is growing to include more and more low- and moderate-income households – and steadily growing, period!
Too many ‘participation’ trophies. Addicted to their phones. Spending all their money on avocado toast. Living with their parents, forever.
It’s a fact: millennials have been the target of more unfair, lazy takes than any previous generation. But as this chronically misunderstood and underestimated cohort comes of age, they’re driving seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and the economy which will shape our country for decades to come.