Some in the solar industry dare to imagine a combination of energy from the sun and the energy around the crowd cloud. Convergence seems to be happening in two ways but both are underpinned by the same simple theory that if two brains are better than one, just imagine what you can achieve with 2,000 brains or even 2m.
"What we're trying to do at SunFunder through crowd-sourcing is find a way to tap into a new source of capital that historically has been on the sidelines to provide low-cost affordable sustainable financing to the solar companies.
"Wherever you are - in the US or developing countries - access to affordable financing is a challenge in solar. There are a lot of exciting new business models and crowd funding is one of the more exciting ones that has the potential to unlock that new source of capital that was on the sidelines for solar."