As United Nations Climate Summit Gets Underway, NRG Home Solar & Airbnb Partner to Make Solar More Affordable

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As world leaders gather in Paris to discuss global sustainability goals,
NRG Home Solar, one of the country’s leading residential solar
companies, and Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality
company, announced a new partnership to increase the adoption of rooftop
solar.


Through the collaboration, the companies will provide incentives to
existing and new members of the Airbnb community to further increase the
savings from going solar, and travel credits to encourage individuals to
experience this more environmentally sustainable method of travel.

Studies
have shown that home sharing, in comparison to staying in traditional
accommodations, significantly reduces energy and water use, greenhouse
gas emissions, and waste generation.

“This is the perfect example of two like-minded companies teaming up to
make solar more accessible to a sustainability-minded community,
creating a social solution to the societal problem of climate change,”
said Steve McBee, CEO & President, NRG Home. “It’s a first for our
industry and will allow us to help more Americans generate clean,
renewable power and in turn, cut their electricity costs.”

“There is a natural connection between home sharing and using your home
to generate energy for your community,” said Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and
Chief Product Officer of Airbnb. “This partnership is a win, win, win:
it will allow hosts to generate supplemental income, reduce the carbon
footprint for homeowners and provide travelers with a lodging option
that is even more sustainable.”

This partnership is part of NRG Home Solar’s and Airbnb’s efforts to
develop wide-ranging programs that increase the availability of rooftop
solar, enabling more people to join the fight against climate change
while reducing their utility bills.

Starting December 1, 2015 this program will be available in California
and New York, with an intention to expand the offering to other states
in the coming months.

Current Airbnb hosts who go solar with NRG Home Solar through this
promotion will receive a rebate on their solar lease. The amount of the
lease rebate will vary by location. Homeowners who both go solar and
become new Airbnb hosts will receive the lease rebate as well as a
travel credit from Airbnb to experience the company’s unique home
sharing service.

If a current NRG Home Solar customer becomes an Airbnb host, they will
also receive a travel credit from Airbnb to use on its platform. To
receive an invitation to participate in the promotion, homeowners can
visit go.nrghomesolar.com/airbnb

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb
is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and
book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile
phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa
for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any
price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 192 countries. And with
world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is
the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it
to an audience of millions.

About NRG Home Solar

NRG Home Solar is one of the country’s leading solar companies
specializing in the installation of residential solar. NRG Home Solar
designs, installs and maintains solar systems that help smart homeowners
bring their homes into the future with cleaner, cheaper energy. The
company is a division of NRG Energy and has offices throughout the US.
NRG Home Solar empowers its customers to control their own energy
destiny through clean self-generation. For more information please visit www.nrghomesolar.com
or follow us on Twitter @NRGHomeSolar.

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Contacts

Media (NRG)
Erik Linden, 609-524-4519
or
Media (Airbnb)
Casey
Aden-Wansbury, 202-256-2467