Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) or Who Owns Your Energy?
Once upon a time, the human race owned its primary energy source: fire. But by the time ships full of sailors went off to slay whales for their blubber so that the oil it provided could be used from everything from lanterns to cooking, the age of Energy-as-a-Commodity had begun.
One could add coal to that mix as well. It meant you couldn’t just chop wood anymore. Someone else had to go out to sea or underground and gather those fuel sources and charge you for them. It was a short journey from there to the Rockefellers and Gettys of the world extracting oil from the ground to power our homes, businesses, and vehicles.
But as the Bard from Minnesota might sing now, the times they are a-changin’ again. At eNow, our solar panels for transportation vehicles are part of a new movement – Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS). What does this mean?
It means that as nations the world over question how long we can continue to use carbon based fuels in the face of climate change, rising gas prices, and an ever growing world population, that people want a say in what kinds of fuel sources they use. This is why we see windmills across oceans and land now, and solar panels on dams, homes, RVs, trucks and light poles.
Both companies and individuals have realized they can save both money and the planet through these renewable energy sources. Edison Energy even compared it to the time when a cup of coffee was simply a cup of coffee, contrasted with today when there are so many different varieties.
Today, it’s about choice. It’s about responsibility. It’s about freedom. It’s also about realizing we all have a stake in how we use the earth’s finite resources, such as coal and oil, and those that are infinitely renewable, such as wind and sun. The right to choose your own kind of energy is about as American as it gets. At eNow we consider success in three tiers: People, Planet, and Profit.
In a few short years, we’ve gone from being a startup to an industry leader, with transportation companies around the country using our solutions. Investors continue to court us, which makes a lot of sense since what we offer is so practical and in demand: low cost, extremely durable solar panels that produce more energy than any other solution of its kind. Trucks spend far less time idling and producing carbon emission. Add to that no cash outlay out front, and companies pay for the panels from what they save and with plenty left over.
It’s win-win all around. It’s EaaS, which sounds a whole lot like EaaSY. It’s also the sun. We won’t run out of it anytime soon.