SunCommon named ‘Best in the World’ 2022

Head of Solar ranks in the top 5% of B Corps of its size globally in terms of environmental impact

Vermont Business Magazine For the seventh time in the past decade, SunCommon, an iSun company, has been named “The best for the world – the environment” B Lab, a non-profit organization that certifies B Corporations to meet high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

The award is based on SunCommon’s positive impact on the environment both through the product they sell, solar panels, and through their innovative business practices that try to reduce their impact. For example, SunCommon is in the process of converting its fleet to all-electric vehicles and will be powered by solar energy. And both of SunCommon’s buildings were solar-powered net-zero facilities at the time of the assessment, reducing their Scope 1 and 2 emissions to near zero.

Since the assessment, SunCommon’s New York warehouse has moved to a new facility in Kingston, NY, which currently operates fossil fuel heating and cooling systems. With the increased charging of electric vehicles, their need for additional energy has also increased. SunCommon recognizes the tremendous responsibility and influence that business has in influencing the climate crisis, and is excited to rise to the challenge of becoming net zero again.

“It is critical to the habitability of our planet that more business leaders take up the challenge of reducing their carbon footprint. We are proud to help other companies by sharing information about our own journey, influencing our supply chain and installing solar power for our local businesses.” says President James Moore.

“SunCommon was founded to provide the highest standard of quality work while prioritizing good business practices that treat people and the planet fairly,” said JoAnn Swapp, vice president of operations at SunCommon. “We are committed to using every business decision as an opportunity to advance our values ​​and recognize our obligation to minimize the harm we do while maximizing the good we can do.”

Since its inception in 2012, SunCommon has achieved the following:

  • 69,202 metric tons of CO2 offset by solar energy

  • 100+ megawatts of clean solar power added to the local grid

  • 9,544 family houses solarized

  • 321 companies using local clean energy

  • More than 200 clean energy workers are employed in Vermont and New York

B Lab Award and Recertification

B Lab rated SunCommon in four categories – management, workers, community and environment. A company with a minimum score of 80 is certified as a B corporation. SunCommon’s score was 104. See a breakdown of SunCommon’s results.

In particular, SunCommon earned high marks in the worker category for such commitments as its Net Zero building in Waterbury, Vermont and electric transportation options for employees. The company also saw an increase in points awarded in the customer category for its work installing community solar arrays in New York State, such as the Pointe of Praise solar array, which provides affordable electricity to members of low- and moderate-income communities.

“We’re constantly evaluating how we can remove the social and economic barriers to solar energy,” Swapp said. “Our ‘Customer Business Impact Model’ challenges us to engage in the development of innovative programs to move the needle on accessibility and affordability.”

B Lab requires a company to conduct its B Impact Assessment every three years. SunCommon has set clear goals to further improve its impact before completing the assessment again in 2024.

Check out SunCommon’s 2021 benefits report.

ABOUT SUNCOMMON

SunCommon, an iSun company, is a certified B Corp that believes everyone has a right to a healthy environment and a brighter future — and renewable energy is where it starts. Our mission is to make clean, renewable energy simple and affordable. We offer options through home solar, community solar, commercial solar and battery storage. With SunCommon, it’s easy to take the first step towards a brighter future. A visit www.suncommon.com and follow the company on Instagram (@suncommon) and Facebook (@suncommon).

7/19/2022. ​Waterbury, Vt. – SunCommon

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