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Many thanks for making our equity crowdfunding campaign so successful! We set the high score on the Republic machine with over $300,000 raised, and hope to finish strong with one day to go.
Last week, the New York Times featured Geostellar in a piece on self-directed IRAs, which allows investors to fund “alternative assets” while maintaining the tax advantages of a standard 401K or IRA. This is the method Mitt Romney used to generate so much wealth from his personal investments while he managed Bain Capital without paying taxes on realized gains.
Did you know Republic makes it easy to invest through your self-directed IRA? If you’ve kicked in a hundred bucks or so, you still have time to top off or max out your investment from your retirement account, without impacting your current cash-flow or lifestyle!
Here’s the New York Times:
Howard Teich, a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, got the memo. Eighteen months ago, Dr. Teich, 76, invested his self-directed I.R.A. in Geostellar, which markets solar systems online. “It’s the future,” he said. “To be able to invest in something healthy that you’re passionate about, like alternative energies — it doesn’t get any better. I’m taking a risk like any entrepreneur, but this is one way to take some action.”
Dr. Teich is an accredited investor, so he was able to participate over a year ago. Today, with equity crowdfunding, everyone can build a bigger nest egg with a self-directed IRA!
In other news, we’re making rapid progress on our solar-powered cryptocurrency, Zydeco. We were accepted into an Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”) pitch competition in Santa Monica on November 10th. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated!
We’ve added cryptocurrency perks to each investment level, and provided some more details on our deal page. Each zydecoin, or token, represents one watt of solar power. The token holder shares in the economic, energy and environmental benefits of that watt of solar capacity once it’s released into the wild.
We’re so excited about all the possibilities that our successful campaign on Republic has afforded us as a company, and we’re deeply grateful for your participation and support.
We truly hope you’ll consider sharing our deal page today, and encouraging friends, family, neighbors and associates to tap into the resources of a retirement account to fund a tax-advantaged investment in the Solar Age.
Geostellar is a patented platform that instantly and interactively tailors a solar plan to best meet the unique energy needs of each individual home or business. Solar Club members are our brand champions, leveraging the capabilities of our platform to promote solar in their communities. We plan to issue a solar-powered cryptocurrency, Zydeco*, through an anticipated Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). Each Zydeco blockchain token is expected to represent one Watt of solar power capacity.
Patented “Big Data Geomatics” Platform Protected in US, EU & China
Selected by 3M, Cisco, J&J, Intuit, Bosch and other Fortune 500 Companies as Exclusive Solar Employee Benefits Program Provider
Over $1.3M in DOE SunShot Awards, including current Solar In Your Community Challenge for low- and middle-income shared solar in Washington, DC
146% year over year revenue growth 2014 through 2016,
Investors include Matador Capital, Select Venture Partners, Panacea Capital, Valentis Capital and angel investors from across the country
Climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, is a threat to the whole planet.
The burning of coal, oil and natural gas for energy is a major contributor to climate change. Pollution from fossil fuels also contributes to lung diseases such as childhood asthma and poisons the water with mercury that makes its way into our food supply.
Grid electricity is not just dirty, it’s also expensive. Electricity bills go up an average of 4.8% every year, meaning utility rates on average are almost 50% higher across the US than they were a decade ago!
Fossil fuels remain our primary energy source due to inertia. Most energy users aren’t aware of the benefits of solar energy, and don’t know how to switch to clean, affordable solar power. Geostellar is changing that!
Solar energy is cleaner and cheaper than grid power, and we are making it accessible and affordable for everyone.
On our platform, individuals and organizations can start a Solar Club in their community to earn money, offer discounts and protect the planet by promoting solar energy.
Solar Clubs are springing up around the country, led by solar promoters who organize community solar initiatives.
Geostellar helps solar promoters start or join a Solar Club and manage every detail with our online platform and our team of Solar Guides, designers and project managers. We'll provide the solar energy equipment, installation and financing, as well as marketing, training and support required to make every participant successful.
The powerful combination of our online platform and network of local Solar Club promoters is overcoming the fossil fuel inertia and accelerating the advent of the Solar Age.
Solar Clubs help entrepreneurs and businesses do well by doing good. Solar Club promoters share a love for their planet, a passion for service and an infectious enthusiasm. With the help of Geostellar’s solar marketplace, Solar Club promoters make a profit by encouraging local households and business to switch to clean, affordable solar energy.
Solar promoters form Solar Clubs with local organizations like schools, churches, town councils, clubs, charities and hospitals to coordinate and organize groups that go solar together. Group solar programs reduce the cost of solar instillation and increase savings on energy bills for every participant.
Solar promoters and partnering organizations establishes Solar Clubs on Geostellar to manage their revenue-generating solar initiative.
Every community has realtors to help folks buy and sell homes, insurance agents to provide coverage, and bankers to finance major purchases and improvements.
There is a similar role in each community for a solar promoter to help friends, neighbors and associates switch to clean, affordable solar energy .
When a promoter starts or joins a Solar Club, theyearn compensation by helping homes and businesses switch to solar energy.
Promoters can also build a team or enroll whole organizations in a Solar Club and share in the total revenue!
Geostellar brings together high quality equipment, qualified local contractors and favorable financing terms on our solar platform, so a Solar Club can begin promoting solar energy and generating revenue from day one.
Geostellar's solar platform assesses each site's solar potential, manages Solar Club members and much more.
The magic happens on Geostellar, our patented solar energy platform. Our advanced "big data geomatics," protected by patents issued in the US, Europe and China, simplify the process of going solar.
Our web, mobile and tablet apps draw on sophisticated simulations of each individual rooftop and ground site. We collect laser imaging from state, local and federal government sources that fly aircraft mounted with LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors, which precisely measure the heights of each structure and tree by timing the returns of laser beams. The data is delivered as dense point-clouds, which often provide sub-millimeter resolution.
With the LiDAR data, we can generate a virtual world and move the sun through the sky to determine the precise amount of sunlight that shines on each square meter of rooftop and the amount of energy that would be generated over the course of the year if solar panels were placed in that spot, based on the slope, orientation and shading.
We add data on energy usage patterns, utility rates, installation costs and federal, state and local incentives to provide a complete model of the energy, environmental and economic aspects of solar energy unique to each individual property.
The result is an instant, interactive assessment of the solar benefits that is easy to understand, with summaries, cash-flow models and a recommended system configuration.
Here is an example high-level summary for a home in White Plains, NY:
Working with a Solar Guide, you can adjust the equipment configuration, financing plan and installation options until you're satisfied that solar energy is right for you. Then we'll produce a detailed design and dispatch a qualified local contractor to conduct measurements and verify the accuracy of our computer model.
Our platform provides integrated communications to keep everyone in the loop, increasing efficiency and reducing costs associated while dramatically improving the go-solar experience!
Despite the growing popularity of solar energy, many people are stuck with more expensive, dirty power from the electric company because don't own their own property, have too much shading or don't qualify for financing.
That's why we now offer Community Solar.
Community Solar is a shared solar facility, where multiple homes and businesses can subscribe to the energy generated by a remote solar garden.
With Community Solar, there are three great ways for homes and businesses to benefit from the switch to solar energy:
Before Community Solar, solar energy was only for owner-occupied properties that could host solar panels on site. Now, everyone who lives or works in an area with Community Solar can save money by switching to solar. Homes or businesses, such as offices, shops and restaurants, can subscribe to clean solar energy generated off-site and reduce their electricity bills.
The energy for Community Solar is generated in a solar garden hosted on any unused roof or ground space. This is a great new way for schools, churches, malls, car dealerships, municipal properties, factories and farms to produce a new revenue stream at no cost by hosting solar panels for Community Solar.
Like cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service, Community Solar provides recurring revenue and high margins. We will own and operate the solar gardens, and our Solar Clubs and solar promoters will offer subscriptions for the energy produced.
Customer acquisition represents a significant part of the installed cost of solar energy. By compensating individuals and organizations for their success in promoting solar through Solar Club, we are creating a low-cost, high-value distribution channel. In areas where solar energy costs less than retail electricity from the grid, solar market penetration explodes.
Geostellar, an online solar energy platform, makes it easy for Solar Club promoters to build teams, launch campaigns and gain customers for solar energy. We believe our solar energy platform will change the energy market as dramatically as Airbnb changed the hospitality industry and Uber changed transportation.
Senior Vice President and Equity Research Analyst Pavel Molchanov of investment advisory firm Raymond James believes our solar energy platform could change the energy market as dramatically as Airbnb changed the hospitality industry and Uber changed transportation.
When prospects learn about solar energy from friends, neighbors and community organizations, such as their schools, churches and employers, they are much more likely to go solar. For this reason, our Solar Clubs have a higher conversion rate and lower cost of customer acquisition than the sales and marketing models used by most solar energy companies.
We are able to pass some of this savings along to customers in the form of lower cost energy, reward individuals and organizations that promote solar and earn a profit for Geostellar. Geostellar makes a profit in two ways, by installing complete solar energy systems on-site for “Behind the Meter” generation and consumption, and by selling subscriptions to energy generated by “Community Solar” facilities.
1. Behind the Meter
Homes and businesses reduce electricity costs by installing solar panels on their property. Geostellar procures the solar equipment and installation labor at low wholesale rates and offers attractive financing terms. The property owner typically switches to solar with no money out of pocket. We provide a fully-installed system at a competitive retail price.
2. Community Solar
Geostellar owns and operates the solar gardens, and collects recurring revenue from subscriptions to the solar energy generated. Our customers subscribe to solar energy produced in remote solar gardens, and the savings are credited by the utility directly on their monthly electric bills.
Together, the complementary solar offerings will allow us to expand the market for solar energy, achieve positive cash-flow and provide exceptional returns to shareholders.
We were competitively selected by these and other significant organizations as the solar energy partner of record.
Based on the examples of these leading organizations, new Solar Clubs are forming every day!
We're growing rapidly by continually attracting new partners, promoters and customers. As we grow, we are also improving our margins and plan to become cash-flow positive within the next twelve months.
Solar energy costs continually fall, as higher-capacity solar panels become less expensive to produce and systems become easier to install. Geostellar also drives down the price of solar by reducing customer acquisition costs. At the same time, electric utility rates steadily rise at an average rate of 4.8% a year.
When the price of solar energy is less than that of retail grid electricity, market penetration of solar explodes.
Solar energy is the fastest growing form of new electrical generating capacity in the US and promises to provide over 25% of global electricity generation by 2050.
We intend to provide liquidity for our investors through the sale of the company or by an Initial Public Offering. Possible acquirers include investor-owned utilities that will need to introduce solar offerings to remain relevant and achieve growth and major ecommerce platforms that are adding essential home services offerings. An IPO would most likely be achieved through the Reg A+ rules. Geostellar plans to qualify for a Reg A+ offering later this year, and can then list our stock on an equities exchange at little additional effort or expense.
Our instant, interactive solar energy platform includes a 3D model of each structure on a property, energy use, rates, incentives and other data sets. As the trusted solar provider, Geostellar will monitor the home or business energy production and consumption for 30 years.
With this intimate connection to our customer, we can offer upgrades and cross-sell a wide variety of goods and services, including energy efficient home improvements, warranties, appliances, smart home equipment and controls. We also plan to provide software services and financing for a fully-integrated Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) offering on our platform.
We believe sustainability is a core value for the modern home and business, rather than an add-on. Green products and services should cost less than wasteful items that wind up in landfills. Geostellar will be grow to be the platform for the ecological lifestyle.
We’ve developed a cryptocurrency token, Zydeco, planned for release later this year in an Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). Each token will represent a Watt of potential solar capacity. The purchase price of tokens will be applied to the development of solar projects. When the total solar power capacity represented by a campaign is deployed, value will be transferred back to the token.
Zydeco, a solar-powered cryptocurrency, is planned for release later this year in an Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). Each blockchain token will represent onea Watt of potential solar capacity. The purchase price of tokens will be applied to the development of solar projects. When the total solar power capacity represented by a campaign is commissioned, value created by the solar projects will be shared with token holders. Token holders may optionally receive the created value as a lump sum at the time the Watts of solar power is deployed, or over time as solar energy kilowatt hours are generated.
As the rate of solar power deployment is accelerated and the cost of capacity declines, the value of the tokens in the Zydeco economy is expected to increase. We intend for our token sales, including the ICO, to comply with all relevant laws and regulations governing the issuance and transfer of securities in the United States and abroad.
We're the original solar energy platform, delivering a complete solution tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual customer.
Our competitors include vertically integrated providers that are less competitive on price, due to their high costs structures, lead generators that tend to confuse customers with competing offers and network marketing companies that make most of their revenue from membership fees.
As a solar energy platform, we provide unparalleled solar value and exceptional customer experience. The internet only needs one major solar energy platform, supporting suppliers, customers, promoters and partners in an integrated, holistic system, and we are building it. We encourage business model innovation that creates new efficiencies, improves our customer experience and increases the value of solar for everyone.
Join us in making solar our mainstream energy source by promoting clean, affordable solar energy in your community. Love solar? Join the club! Invest in Geostellar!
* – We’ve developed the initial code for a cryptocurrency token, Zydeco, that we may release in the future in an Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”). We anticipate that each Zydeco blockchain token would represent one Watt of solar power capacity. The purchase price of tokens would be applied to the development of solar projects and the related administrative and regulatory costs.
We intend for our token sales, including the ICO, to comply with all relevant laws and regulations governing the issuance and transfer of securities in the United States and abroad. However, given the uncertainty related to the regulatory environment of ICO’s we are unable to guarantee that we will be successful in structuring our ICO in a manner that would comply with applicable law. Whether we move forward with the possibility of using an ICO is unknown and speculative. We are under no obligation to carry out an ICO and may partner with affiliates or third-parties to develop and issue the ICO. You should not invest in us solely as a result of our consideration of the ICO since it may not come to fruition.
25 Watts of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency* + Big shout-outs on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!
200 Watts of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency + Basic Solar Club promoter kit, includes training materials, webinars, email address @solar.club, access to the team drive and private groups.
450 Watts of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency + Professional Solar Club promoter kit, includes $500 perk + t-shirts, business cards & stickers.
1.5 kilowatts of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency + 10% off a home solar energy installation between 5 and 10 kW of power, transferrable if you already have solar or can't go solar (plus everything above).
4 kW of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency + Wink Smart Home Kit, includes choice of Leviton lighting or Nest thermostat plus everything above.
10 kW of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency + A Solar Power Happy Hour on us! Kick off a Solar Club in your community, plus everything above.
30 kW of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency + Free travel, lodging and 3-day Solar Promoter Training at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV plus everything above.
100 kW of Zydeco Solar Powered Cryptocurrency + Major investor designation (see Form C for details) plus everything above!
We procure equipment at wholesale prices, and lock in low labor rates with local contractors. We are able to offer solar energy installations at competitive prices, while still making a good profit margin.
For Community Solar, Geostellar secures sites, constructs solar gardens and sells the electricity under subscription agreements to remote customers. Geostellar owns and operates the solar gardens.
The development costs are typically paid back in three to six years, with another 25 to 30 years of high margin subscription revenue.
For solar installations, the gross margins are about 15% to 22%. For Community Solar, the gross margins range from 55% to 80%.
Geostellar is currently available in all 50 states of the United States. We plan to expand into Canada next, then ultimately Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and across the globe.
Geostellar successfully raised $321,838 from 725 investors on October 11, 2017
I have solar panels which do save me money. Just as important, solar energy reduces the carbon footprint for my grandkids and for generations to come.Kevin SalviInvested 29 days ago
I believe in developing sustainable technologies that will allow us to preserve the beauty of our Mother Earth. Apparently, that will help humankind to survive on the long run. . .Yekaterina SharfInvested about 1 month ago
I believe solar will continue to be a growing source of our electric power, and is environmentally ethical. I've met the founder of Geostellar and am impressed that his motives are genuine. And I'd like to become filthy rich along with Geostellar.Gerald KellerInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in Geostellar!Richard MorganInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in solar and its importance in powering our future.Kelly AlwinInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in the technology. The company is doing the right things and I want them to succeed.Christopher MitchellInvested about 1 month ago
Solar Now! Peer to peer crypto!Maven MuseInvested about 1 month ago
I believe Solar is a viable addition to power homes and I like their approachJoani GroosInvested about 1 month ago
I beleave in your Co., I know this will be a good investment ... I'm employed with a utility Co., so I want to be on board with the Co. that puts us out of buisness, loldavid wilbertInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in Geostellar. I am part of this. This will be as successful as Microsoft only bigger and more important.Scott WheelerInvested about 1 month ago
Green energy is the way of the future and I like Geostellar approach.James RhodesInvested about 1 month ago
I believe this will get succeed because this is onestop shop for Solar Power energy for a potential customer.Praveen VujjiniInvested about 1 month ago
I invested in Geostellar to help rise the Solar era to the level the people all around the world deserves.Abraham NavasInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in clean energyVIBIN BENJAMINInvested about 1 month ago
I believe it is the wave of the future...Timothy FisherInvested about 1 month ago
Solar needs to be punched through for North America. We are missing outLen SmithInvested about 1 month ago
I invested simply because I do like the crypto perk, the company is well positioned, the management team is knowledgeable and there is a patent in place.Evangelos KoravosInvested about 1 month ago
interested in solar and first experience investing in this style of investing to watch how it develops in coming yearsJennifer WaldronInvested about 1 month ago
I believe in solar energyDennis WilsonInvested about 1 month ago
It may be a good idea to invest because solar energy will be important in the near further.Sharon FahrInvested about 1 month ago
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