Can the Sun�s
incredible amount of energy be franchised? Or is it just the dream of some of
the new industrialists?
is so much emphasis on Green these days. We are buying low energy CFL�s for our
homes and businesses. We are driving hybrid
cars. Some of us are even starting to think twice before we throw a plastic
bottle into the trash. Our attitudes seem to changing. Maybe we are
finally learning that there is only one Earth, and we better start preserving
lot of really smart people are figuring out ways to harness some of our natural
resources. I happen to live on the southern shore of Lake Erie, one of The Great
Lakes. One thought currently being tossed around is to use the Great Lake�s
incredible amount of wind that is generated every day and turning it into
useable energy. If done correctly, enough energy could be generated
to power a third of our nation!
talk about an alternative form of energy that is not something on the drawing
board, but is something that is being used today�.Solar Energy. The Sun
is not due to die out for another 4
Billion years, so it certainly makes sense to harness some of its awesome
power. But, is setting up a Solar Power �franchise,� the way to go?
There is one company that started
I wrote about it last year around this time. Yes Solar Solutions
has opened up a couple of franchise territories this year, including one near
San Francisco, and a new one, in Cary North Carolina. �The Yes! Solar Solutions
franchise will be centrally located to serve the state’s north central Research
Triangle Park Economic Region, which is home to 1.9 million people, and site
selection for the new retail energy outlet is underway,� according to a
recent Press Release. Their franchise model is one where the franchisee
opens up a storefront operation and designs and installs Solar Panel systems
for homes in the area.
So far, it looks like this
franchisor is going after the bigger fish, i.e. investor groups, as
opposed to folks that just want to open one Solar Panel installation store in
their local community.
Here is one thing that is very
surprising to me; there are not a lot of Solar Power franchises popping up. I
figured by now, that there would be at least 5-10 Solar Power franchises for me
to report on. None. Nada. Zilch. [There aren�t even any goofy Network
Marketing opportunities out there, peddling the amazing technology of Solar Energy} UPDATE
I am not sure what I am more fearful
of; the fact that there are no major scam artists selling Solar Energy yet, or
that there seems to be only one real Solar Power franchise company.
I have been contacted by several folks
who want information about buying a Solar related franchise opportunity,
and I send them over to the Yes! Solar Solutions website. But, I have never been
contacted by a Solar Power related company that wants to get information on turning
their business into a franchise. Maybe, in the future, I will get some
inquires, and I can help guide these folks to the right resources.
Update! February 2009! New Solar Franchise Opportunity Announcement! Look
Finally, I want to pose a question to
those that are thinking about becoming a franchisee of a Solar Power franchise;
do you want to be a Solar Energy related franchise owner because of your
environmentally friendly views? Or are you going after this century�s version
of The Gold Rush?
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