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Airbnb Partners With SolarCity to Bring Solar Energy to the Home Sharing Community

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company and SolarCity Corp. SCTY, +2.49% the nation's #1 solar power provider, are announcing a new partnership that will connect Airbnb hosts and guests with an affordable and sustainable way to power their homes with solar energy, and are releasing estimates of the environmental benefits of home sharing for travelers.

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. Additionally, new and current SolarCity customers who become Airbnb hosts will receive a $100 Airbnb travel credit.*

Home sharing is a more environmentally sustainable way to travel. Based on methodology developed by Cleantech Group [1] , Airbnb estimates that over the last year, by choosing Airbnb instead of hotels, Airbnb travelers in the US have reduced:

  • Water consumption by 4.2 billion liters, the equivalent of 1,700 Olympic size swimming pools
  • Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to keeping 560,000 cars off the road for a year
  • Waste generated by 37,000 metric tons
  • Energy consumption 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. Travelers, 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 to 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," said Chris Lehane, Airbnb's Head of Global Public Policy & Communications.

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...


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