Airbnb goes solar

Airbnb partners with SolarCity to bring solar energy to the home-sharing community

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 23 October 2016

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Solar power provider SolarCity has announced a new partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, that will connect Airbnb hosts and guests with an affordable and sustainable way to power their homes with solar energy.

Through the partnership, SolarCity will offer members of the Airbnb community a rebate – up to $1,000 cash back – on all solar panel systems.

The rebate is available to Airbnb members in each market where SolarCity currently operates, and homeowners can choose the solar option that works for their homes. New and current SolarCity customers who become Airbnb hosts will receive a $100 Airbnb travel credit.

Benefits of home sharing

Under the partnership, home sharing is being promoted as a more environmentally sustainable way to travel.

Airbnb estimates that over the last year, by choosing Airbnb instead of hotels, Airbnb travellers in the US have reduced water consumption by 4.2 billion litres, the equivalent of 1,700 Olympic size swimming pools, and greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to keeping 560,000 cars off the road for a year. The energy saved is equivalent to the amount used by 280,000 homes in one year.

‘Since 1998 we have had 15 of the 16 hottest years recorded and climate change is changing the way we make decisions – everyone is thinking about making better use of what we have. Travellers, 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 with 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.’

CHRIS LEHANE
Airbnb’s head of global public policy & communications

Homeowners take control

When homeowners go solar with SolarCity, they can take control of their energy needs by using solar electricity that costs less than they would pay for utility power.

Solar power also enables them to secure predictable monthly costs for years into the future. As a full service provider, SolarCity makes going solar easy for homeowners by handling everything from financing and permitting to installation and maintenance.

The average SolarCity solar power system is estimated to offset over 150 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide pollution over its lifetime, which is equivalent to leaving more than 166,000 pounds of coal unburned or offsetting 125 road trips from San Francisco to New York.

‘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.’

TOBY COREY
President of Global Sales and Customer Experience, SolarCity

Experts in the environmental community and former city officials alike have been encouraged by the partnership between a renewable energy provider and a hospitality company and its potential to influence the green habits of millions of travellers.

‘Through this partnership, everyday citizens who use Airbnb to host travellers and explore new destinations can protect our planet by investing in renewable and affordable solar power. This is an economic and environmental win.’

ANNISE PARKER
Former Mayor of Houston, TX and member of Airbnb’s Mayoral Advisory Board

Click here to find out more about the Airbnb and SolarCity partnership.

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