Written By Jonathan Doochin, Soligent CEO
How are you and your company translating your environmental impact to an easy-to-understand takeaway, where each contributor feels empowered? Can they translate that impact to their children?
At Soligent, we break down our overall and individual impact on the world through the work that we do every day. It helps each of us not only understand the positive environmental impact we contribute daily, but also makes our job more fulfilling, and it helps each of us find purpose while reducing turnover and increasing the productivity of our team.
For those of us who work in and towards the energy transition, there are so many things to be proud of. More so, each contributor in clean energy is a change-maker and can be a role model for positive environmental impact. As we approach Earth Day, let’s break down how to quantify this in a more translatable form going into the exact impact each contributor has on the world, down to an individual’s impact. How each of us articulates what we do, our narrative, and our impact, is what helps us not just feel fulfilled, but inspires those around us to rise and change the world.
We will do this in two parts, the high-level narrative of the change you are making if you work in the energy transition. Then we will quantify the exact per person impact, which is pretty impressive.
The High-Level Narrative: The 4x+ Positive Bottom Line
By proliferating energy solutions each person in the clean energy space is
As an example, when I explain the mission/vision of Soligent to others, I explain Soligent as an organization that works to help support our local partners to grow prosperous businesses that change the world through job creation, making a positive impact through CO2 eradication, and saving people money while doing good.
More so, we talk about helping local communities gain prosperity by fostering local sustainable businesses where talented people stay local and collectively help build and make the local economy rise. It’s about bringing back the American Dream by helping people build businesses, which build local economies, which makes the U.S. strong through shared prosperity in America – all by completing one job and one solar system at a time. How do you want to share your personal mission/vision?
The Brass Tacks Person by Person Impacts
Now let’s dive into the second part. How does each person who is part of the energy transition quantify their specific role in brass tacks numbers that anyone could understand? We will do this so that anyone can use these stats going forward. If you can translate one residential solar system into impact, you can translate all your solar impact using the same basic metrics.
The average U.S. solar residential system size is roughly ten kilowatts according to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in 2020. This system would then produce roughly 15,000-kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year (For reference, Dallas would be ~15,400, Los Angeles ~16,640, and Las Vegas ~17,150). Let’s also make the assumption that an average residential solar system operates for 25 years with slight degradation and therefore would produce an average of ~14,000 kWh per year, or 350,000 kWh in its lifetime. When we run that through EPA’s equivalencies calculator, we get some impressive, simple, and shareable stats that can empower each of us to talk powerfully about what we do.
The Impact of One Solar System:
Installing just one 10-kilowatt residential solar system with a lifetime of 25-years mitigates a pretty immense amount of CO2 emissions.
Quantifying it, each solar home equals …
When you think about each home that transitions to solar, the CO2 impact per individual at the enabling company adds up to an astounding and easy to articulate impact.
When someone asks what you did today, don’t hesitate to answer the question with the real facts, you eradicated the need for 254,000 pounds of coal. Do the math for the year, what is the slice of your company’s impact, and see where you sit on the impact spectrum.
Making an energy impact is undoubtedly important, but sharing your impact in terms others can understand is what transforms an individual’s actions into a much movement. The power of each person’s view can transform another person’s understanding of the world, help them see the impact of clean energy, and also motivate the many to join the fight for a clean future (not to mention helping America). A quote often attributed to Buddha rings true, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, And the life of the candle will not be shortened.” I hope for each of us that we are candles for those around us and the next generation, no doubt it is a much more fulfilling life.
Happy Earth Day and cheers to the impact of so many people doing so much good.