How Crowdfunding Lowers Solar Energy Costs

MosaicFrom GreenBiz (of course) to Forbes to FortuneBloomberg to The Wall Street Journal, a young company named Mosaic has been getting a lot of attention of late. Why? Because Mosaic is bringing crowdsourced funding to the world of solar PV.

Crowdfunding is nothing new. Companies such asKickstarter have allowed individuals to fund everything from their next indie film to extensive out-of-pocket medical bills with pooled donations from family, friends and other supporters. But thanks to last year’s JOBS Act, equity-based crowdfunding is now an option as well, in which investors come together to fund startups and small businesses in return for equity in a company like Mosaic.

It’s inclusive, meaning that investors of all shapes and sizes can get into the game. And it currently makes for a good, low-risk investment. Mosaic — with more than $1.1 million invested in solar projects to date — boasts 4.5 to 6.5 percent risk-adjusted annual returns, besting the latest interest rates on 30-year Treasury bonds.


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