During the “Great Recession” Shawn ended up homeless for just short of 1 year on a road trip adventure gone wrong.
He’d lost almost everything and couldn’t save enough money for a bus ticket out of Northern California. His one lifeline was his phone. Without a place to charge his two most vexing daily challenges became gathering food and finding a place to charge up.
In desperation, he often found himself in hostile situations. From getting chased off properties, harassed in public places, and opening himself up to elaborate scams, he often puzzled over how lacking something as simple as a USB port could drag him so far down.
He used to daydream, under his tree off the highway, about having a small solar system to rid himself of this deceptively easy problem once and for all.
You don’t have to become homeless to know how vulnerable you are when there’s nowhere to charge. Searching for power can waste valuable time, dominate precious vacations, or stress valuable contacts.
His experience inspired him to solve this issue for people before it becomes a problem by using sensibly sized renewable energy. That’s why we create simple, complete portable solar power systems that give a quality solar experience.
There are a variety of sizes for different purposes. They all provide a convenient companion power source that gives you independence, saves your time, and might even save your life.
Now, more than ever, people need to agree on something. We believe that sustainability and self-reliance are two feathers from the same bird. Since we all love the outdoors and rely on technology, we think a sensible use for solar power is a great place to start.
We aspire to find the shared values of all and embody them in everything we say and do. We welcome people’s beliefs, experiences, and dreams free of prejudice. We seek to connect with seemingly impossible to blend crowds and do it with open hearts and minds.
We take pride in our ability to break complex ideas down into understandable, entertaining, pieces and show anyone how to put them together. We believe people are incredibly intelligent, and if we treat them that way, they find joy in knowledge.
We give people the power to solve common problems with a new tool that gives them the almost magical skills to create electricity. Who doesn’t like that?
We believe the best experience is when something works right, is built well, with a fair price. So, we removed the gimmicks but kept the best components for complete, rugged and dependable systems.
We want to end powerlessness for the most vulnerable people in America.
During Shawn’s time “houseless”, he was helped out by the most unusual people. Homeless veterans were the most caring and selfless of all. Because of the incredible acts of compassion he got from people with nothing to give but time and connections, we aspire to give back.
At every trade show, Sōl Green Energy takes donations for homeless veteran assistance groups. We also donate power systems to homeless people. We want the homeless to have the basic tools for self-reliance so they have what they need to start their journey to whatever their “better life” is. We will always look for new ways to expand our capabilities to meet this challenge.
If you want to give a system to a homeless person take our “buy two get one” offer. Buy two, contact us from the associated email account and say “give one away”. We’ll send you one and locate a person in need and give them the other.
When the mission is complete, we will send you a video of the exchange (with their consent) and refund you $20 of your purchase as gratitude.