What we’re thankful for this holiday season

This holiday season, even as challenges persist in the (somewhat) post-Covid age, there is still much to be thankful for.

Since 2009, Brilliant Harvest has been proud and privileged to change the world, one rooftop at a time. Over the past 12 years, we’ve donated equipment – and provided services at greatly reduced costs – to help nonprofits save money on their electric bills; those savings are then reinvested into programs and services that benefit the community. We have helped some of our area’s largest businesses go net-zero energy, strengthening their bottom line while reducing their carbon footprint. We’ve made it possible for those who are passionate about the environment to feel good about reducing their impact on the planet.

As we head into the final weeks of 2022, we wanted to share some things that all of us at Brilliant Harvest are grateful for:

OUR CLIENTS: There is nothing like a long list of happy clients to shed light on a company’s performance. At Brilliant Harvest, customer satisfaction is job #1. We have enjoyed meeting and serving clients who are concerned with reducing their carbon footprint, lowering (or nearly eliminating) their energy bills, and who love to geek out – as we do – about the cool technology surrounding solar power.

OUR TEAM: The past three years have been difficult, to say the least. From the pandemic, to related economic and supply chain impacts, to legislation attacking the net metering program that would have pushed Florida’s solar industry to the brink of extinction (this was, thankfully, vetoed), and the recent storms that battered our region, we’ve all been pushed to our limits. We are grateful to the core team members who not only stuck with us but stepped up in every possible way to ensure our company’s continued success and our record of excellent customer service.

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Helping to educate the community and change perceptions and behavior regarding the use of energy isn’t something any one agency can do alone. We are grateful for area foundations – including Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation – as well as the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County, who have invested in and promoted the use of renewable energy through initiatives such as Partners for Green Places, which helps area nonprofits to adopt sustainable practices – including the installation of solar energy systems. The money these organizations save on their monthly electric bills can go right back into their missions. We are also thankful for UF/IFAS Extension for its work in spearheading community initiatives related to sustainability.

THE PASSAGE OF THE IRA: In August, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. A key area of focus for the legislation is tackling the climate crisis, with $369 billion earmarked for energy and climate spending intended to create clean energy jobs, building an American clean energy supply chain, offering tax credits for manufacturing and clean energy projects, and providing incentives for residential and commercial solar and storage installation as well as electric vehicles.

THE SUN: At the heart of our industry – and, indeed, of life itself – is the energy produced by the sun. Sunshine is plentiful and free, and is pretty much guaranteed to keep rising for billions of years to come. Rain or shine, the sun produces enough solar energy to fuel our ecosystem and power our homes and businesses. Yay, sun!

Wishing you and yours a VERY happy holiday season!

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