SAN FRANCISCO, C.A. – Airbnb and SolarCity Corp. announced Tuesday a new partnership that will offer incentives to Airbnb hosts and guests that use and stay in homes with solar power.
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.
Since SolarCity does not currently operate in Buffalo, those incentives are not available yet in the city.
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. 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.
The average SolarCity solar power system is estimated to offset over 150 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution over its lifetime, which is equivalent to leaving more than 166,000 pounds of coal unburned or offsetting 125 road trips from San Francisco to New York.
“Our partnership with Airbnb demonstrates the important role energy plays in our everyday lives – including travel – and how clean energy can reduce everyone’s carbon impact on the world,” said Toby Corey, President of Global Sales and Customer Experience, SolarCity. “Homeowners that make the simple switch to solar energy can save money on utility bills and fix their energy costs for years to come. This partnership will create the first opportunity for many Airbnb guests to stay in a solar-powered home, and allow them to experience first-hand how easy it is to use clean energy to contribute to a cleaner, healthier society.”
To learn more about the Airbnb and SolarCity partnership, visit: http://www.solarcity.com/airbnb.