Investing In Solar With SunExchange

in #solar3 years ago

Hey Jessolar energy

I'm always looking for new ways to invest and earn a little bit of passive income even if its a few bits and bobs here and there. My journey to find new income streams leads me down quite a few rabbit holes. Those of us in cryptocurrency realise the considerable upside potential of this asset class and what it can bring to a range of sectors but finding legitimate investment opportunities can be hard. There are so many scams and failed projects out there, and nothing is a given in cryptocurrency, NOTHING!

You can do all the research you want, map out all the sequences on your graphs but to me, it's all about playing the game and taking a raffle ticket. When going into a crypto investment, be aware that you could lose all your money and be okay with that, never invest more than you can afford to lose and look to play the long game.

That's my strategy, and I'm sticking to it. Not saying its sound investment advice, I'm just saying what I'm doing, I'm picking a few projects I like the sound of and investing a little bit of money for a long term return. At the end of the day, for me, as long as I end up with more Satoshis than I had before, I am a happy camper.

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Time to monetise the sun

I recently came across a site called The Sun Exchange, which is based in Cape Town and is a pretty exciting concept. It merges two fascinating fields which are renewable energy and cryptocurrency. Investors can purchase a piece of a project and in return, get fees paid to them in Bitcoin.

How Sun Exchange works

It negotiates with institutions like stores, schools and even nursing homes to supply energy to these buildings using solar energy. When they come to an agreement, a crowdfunding style campaign is launched on their site where ordinary investors from around the world can purchase cells on a solar panel. Once the campaign is fully funded, the solar facilities are built and connected to the institution's power supply system.

The institution will now receive renewable energy to power their building and of the fees paid for the supplied energy investors will receive a share of the costs in return.

How to get involved

I liked the idea of having something created physically and generating revenue and cryptocurrency being optional. In these early stages I think it pays to be a lot more flexible with your implementation then trying to be a cryptocurrency purist.

  • I decided to try it out and visit the
  • Sign up is easy, all you need is an email and password
  • Once you get your email verification you're in, and you can log in to your account
  • Your account does have the option of activating 2 Factor Authentication but this is optional, which I think they should be changed to mandatory. You can never be too careful when funds and accounts are involved.
  • Next you will need to pick from the projects available.
  • You can purchase a cell from as little as R72 or $5
  • The more cells you purchase, the larger your potential ROI

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Picking a Sun Exchange Project To Fund

  • Once you've decided on how many cells you would like to purchase you will need to complete a KYC form
  • Then you can proceed to payment which can be done via Credit Card or Bitcoin
  • I chose Bitcoin, naturally
  • You also need to set the currency you want your returns paid back in, either Rands or Bitcoin.
  • Again I chose Bitcoin

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Project estimates

Now that you've successfully purchased your cells, you will need to wait for the project to be commissioned, and before you can gain any benefit from this investment. A return is estimated at a 20 year period so this really is a long term investment and one of those set and forget initiatives.

What I don't like is that your fees are placed into a custodial wallet, so you're at the mercy of The Sun Exchange should anything happen to the project. Remember if you don't have the keys to your wallet then it's not your Bitcoin.

I do have to say the process was pretty easy and took me all of 10 minutes to invest which I do appreciate. I think that projects like these can make some serious inroads in developing nations and I'm pretty excited to see how it rolls out. I may purchase a few more cells on various projects in the future as I see the income from my first investment start to roll in :)


I am an investor in Sun Exchange, but they have not paid me to create this content. I only thought it would be interesting to review and share my thoughts on the project. I'm not vouching for the authenticity of the project and remember all investments contain risk.

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That’s pretty cool, I may look into this while I can. I’m going to have to write down all of my damn investments into an excel file or something lol there’s too many piling up now.

LOL! I was telling myself the same thing mine are all scattered across random notes and docs I need to put them together and make sense of this damn thing

This is an interesting way to fund the panels. They basically are raising funds as needed which allows them to grow fast or slow and it doesn't hurt them.

Yeah i think they going about it the right way and not trying to ICO and fund but fund within their means and grow from there! I mean for every success story they have it will bring more positive sentiment and with it more investment! They clearly looking at this long term unlike most projects using crypto currency

I also like that it’s not fully crypto so the fiat guys can still see promise in it and get in too

So many investment options opening up now.

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Yeah but its exciting none the less, finding cool new opportunities. I am busy with another investment I'll share soon enough

Interesting investment option. How long do you need to wait to get a return?

It depends on a few favors firstly how long the project you invest in takes to get funded and then from there it takes 4-6 weeks for the panels to be set up and then from their you will receive monthly payments for the next 20 years

I took a good read at their website, due to your posts. This is a highly interesting project. It looks like a legit investment. What makes it so is of course the fact that there is actual commercial value being provided.
It looks like they have a lot of potential as well. Most of the projects I saw where in Cape Town, and something like this can really go global.

I actually found about it from watching the Kaiser Report on Russia Today which is why I felt at ease about investing in it! It looks legit but even legit investments can go sideways, always a element of risk! I actually want to go check our one of the sites when I have the time

I agree, even if it’s not this company and their are other regional ones I’m sure the concept can do amazingly well if countries keep pushing for more green solutions

Nice! I have already bought solar panels in 4 or 5 of their projects! Good to see that someone else is also taking part!

Wow that’s brilliant and thanks for investing in South Africa too gosh we need this in current sitting in the dark because we have no electricity from our national provider lol

I've never heard of this type of investment before, especially in the U.S. I would think that any type of legitimate investment in renewable energy or sustainability would be awesome.

I think it’s fairly new but I like the concept of letting retail investors get in on the ground and getting involved in these kinds of projects that will hopefully be our future

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