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Citizenr? Corp

'Aims to makes clean energy, beginning with solar, affordable for everyone in the U.S., and includes affiliate incentives.'

Citizenr? Corporation is setting out to manufacture, install, permit, own, maintain, and operate residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system through a franchise system, as well as sell such systmes to commercial accounts.

Homeowners will rent the system from Citizenre at a rate based on a both the nameplate capacity of the rented system and the average rates currently charged by the local utility, to make the system affordable for all. The rent is fixed for the life of the contract (usually 25 years) at or below their current electricity price, while Citizenr? handles the engineering, procurement and construction.

Citizenre maintains that it is NOT providing electricity, but renting the equipment so that homeowners can generate their own. Citizenre is NOT an electrical provider.

CAUTION : Citizenre: A House of Cards? - Jeff Wolfe asserts that the new multi-level distributor company that claims to be able to offer solar power at or below grid energy pricing toward the end of 2007 does not have its act together and is actually diverting solar customers away from real technologies to false hopes. (Renewable Energy Access Feb. 12, 2007)

: When the following concerns are addressed, then this caution statement may be removed:

: What is the name of the finance agency that will fund this launch (more than half a billion dollars)

: Where is the funding agency's press release announcing this contract?

: What solar technology are they using that can meet the price point required, taking all capital expenses into consideration?

About

Official Websites

http://citizenre.com - corporate site

http://www.jointhesolution.com - customer site

http://citizenre.net - opportunity site for Ecopreneurs

Video of Ed Begley, Jr. promoting the CitizenRE model

Video with Chris Prelitz: Preparing Your Home for Solar

Independent Direct Sellers (

http://www.liveonsolar.com - Keith Kratzert, Senior Sales Director - National Sales - Toll Free (888)400-7536.

Register for FREE to become an Independent Direct Seller / Ecopreneur at http://www.AttainSuccess.com

http://www.homesolarusa.com - Steven Hickey - Toll-free (888) 300-3357 Learn the basics about solar as a new team member: http://www.sunpowur.info or enroll your home for free at: http://www.newpollutionsolution.com

http://www.SolarAdditions.com - Katherine Hollyday, serving Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia and Nationwide! Let's work together to help save our environment! (800) 622-4909

http://www.myfreesun.com - Brian Paul, Register for your system or to become an ecopreneur today.

http://www.ThinkSolar.info - Run a solar home and Lock in current Kw rates for 25years with NO upfront cost. Help the WORLD, Help the FUTURE! Learn How. Duane Baker 561 509-5093

http://www.Solargies.com - [For Solar Reservations] - Daniel Stouffer, Minneapolis, MN (800) 676-0617

http://www.EcoCrews.com - [For Ecopreneur Registration]

http://www.LiveonSolar.biz - "Reserve your solar solution today" Rick Stearns 301-904-2887

http://www.jointhesolution.com/sandiego Sean Mazelli Regional Sales Director (Alt) 866-299-4562 Southern California Division

http://www.jointhesolution.com/mplante - Dr. Marc Plante, Ph.D. Sales Director New England

http://www.powur.com/mplante to join Sales

http://www.jointhesolution.com/solaracademy - Lori Martin, Sales Director (Alt) New England

http://www.powur.com/solaracademy

http://www.JoinTheSolution.com/SaveOurPlanet - Elisabeth and Cannon Cox for Texas and Nationwide (210)355-6539

Join the team at http://www.Powur.com/SaveOurPlanet

http://www.jointhesolution.com/thinksun- Spring Hericks

http://www.powur.com/thinksun - Join us @ (210) 289-7715

http://www.JoinTheSolution.com/bonsol - Bonnie Yelverton: Upland, CA (909) 946-4463.

Join the team at http://www.powur.com/bonsol

http://www.jointhesolarsolution.com - Sharon Cortes- letsgosolar@aol.com FLORIDA

http://www.HomeSunSavings.com -Lorie Kegerise, Toll Free 877-761-2274

To Become an Ecopreneur register http://www.HomeSunSavings.info

http://rethink-solar.org/ -David Powell Boulder, CO 303-402-1733

http://www.jointhesolution.com/stricklyresidential Dale Windsor, Strickly Residential,LLc 1-800-934-3484

Join the team at http://www.powur.com/go2green

http://www.powur.com/solarsunsolution You can help get the solar word out! 206-724-2375

http://www.affordablehomesolar.com - Scott Seamone

http://jointhesolution.com/lealdragon - I think it's brilliant! And I love their goal of getting 25% of the homes to go solar. Watch the video. -- Monica Leal

http://www.powur.com/ajs11 - Help the environment, Alan J Silverstein,M.D. 1-(800)SUN-0750 [800-786-0750]or verizon(free)cell(772)233-3737

http://sunbrightenergy.blogspot.com

http://www.solarsun.us

http://www.jointhesolution.com/ajs11

http://www.SolarEvolutionUSA.com -Help our Planet go Green, Clean renewable Solar for everyone. Contact David 479-387-8787

http://www.SolarForRent.net - (For Solar Registration) Ray Scott, Tucson 520.762.9683

http://www.EcoJobs.us - (For Ecopreneur Registration) Ray Scott

http://www.Solartricity.net - Joe Crupi, Independent Ecopreneur, (210) 367-4584

http://www.powur.com/oursun - Join Up to Be an Ecopreneur and Promote Solar!!!!

http://www.solarsunsolution.com - Michelle Whipple, Sales manager 206-724-2375

http://www.jointhesolution.com/solarsunsolution - Call now to learn how to get solar on your home!

http://www.washingtonsolar.com - Ken Whipple, 206-724-2375 Seattle and nationwide!

http://www.jointhesolution.com/washingtonsolar - Call now to learn how to get solar on your home!

http://www.jointhesolution.com/basecamp - George Van Sickle, Basecamp Energy LLC, 734-755-8319

Life is an Expedition. Power your Basecamp with Solar!

http://www.RentCleanEnergy.com - Gerald Stensland, Sales Manager, Serving the Pacific Northwest & National Sales - (503)550-9228 - Register for your system or to become an Independent Direct Seller today for FREE

http://www.Connect2TheSun.com, toll free 877-959-SOLR(7657)

http://www.re-thinksolar.com -Antonio Guerrero, Regional Sales Director, Gulf Coast -contact info: greenenergy@usa.com

Latest Developments

Original Timeline

~Jan. 2007, groundbreaking for 500 MegaWatt manufacturing facility. 6-10 more will follow.

~Jan. 2007, funding partners unveiled

~Mar. 2007, begin electrician hiring and training Citizenre will be announcing a wind power option using the same arrangement. They will embrace newer and more efficient technologies as they become available as well.

~Jun. 2007, begin customer facility review by technicians and contract signing

~Sep. 2007, begin installation

The company expected to install 100,000 units on homes in their first year.

Updated Timeline

~Mar. 2007, funding partners unveiled

~Apr. 2007, groundbreaking for 500 MegaWatt manufacturing facility.

~Jan. or Feb. 2008, begin installation with reduced # of 2008 installations

The first two "updated" milestones have not been achieved as of July 25, 2007.

The expected timeframe for initial installations has slipped again to "mid-2008" as of August 22, 2007.

Update, April 14, 2008

Citizenre has now revised its prognoses to start some time in 2008. The Ecopreneurs have been informed of a variety of reasons why the timeline has had to be extended (as for so many other large undertakings) and most agree that they are willing to wait.

The company has already made 2 BETA installs, which took less than a full work day to accomplish. This is one of the aims to reduce costs. 1000 more BETA installs are planned for this year.

At present (April 2008) there are more than 30,000 homeowners throughout the United States who have signed up their houses for a system. A large percentage of these have also signed the Forward Rental Agreement. Talking with these customers, Ecopreneurs find that they do not mind the waiting period, because otherwise they would not be able to even consider having a PV system because of the cost. Potential customers who can afford to buy a system are counseled on where to find information to buy their own system.

Update, Feb 11th 2011

San Diego, CA (February 9, 2011) — The Citizenr? Corporation today announced that it has received and executed a funding commitment with Adam Capital, a private investment fund based in Sonoma, CA. Adam Capital has agreed to provide Citizenr? with an initial $20 million in funds, and subsequent funding rounds, over the next 18 months to fund Citizenr?’s goal to install 15 megawatts (MW) in residential solar photovoltaics (PV) systems.

Citizenr? has been providing homeowners the use of solar electric systems with immediate savings and no out-of-pocket costs throughout California since late 2009. This new agreement with Adam Capital will enable Citizenr? to expand in California and enter other favorable markets throughout the U.S.

When the company launched back in 2006, Citizenr? introduced a solar rental product that was a game changer and breakthrough for residential PV. The company’s vision of “PV for all” captivated over 37,000 customers in two+ years. During the intervening recession, the drop in PV component prices has enabled Citizenr? to deliver on its commitment – bring affordable PV

to average homeowners.

Citizenr? entered the market in 2006 as a developer of decentralized, customer-directed electricity infrastructure, using proprietary business processes to deliver residential photovoltaic (PV) systems to customer homes at an industry-leading installation pace. PV is Citizenr?’s entry product. Products that follow will strengthen customers' ability to save money, manage their energy use, replace polluting with non-polluting fuels, and place their own needs at the core of their energy purchase and/or production decisions.

In 2009, Citizenr? began its pilot efforts in Southern California. In 2010, the company began to expand throughout California, and in 2011, Citizenr? is poised to introduce its PV rental products to markets in the west and beyond.

Overview

Company says they will install and maintain a solar system with grid-connect on your home for a 1-, 5-, or 25-year contract, if you live in an area that supports net metering. The contract locks you into a set electricity billing rate that is at the level that your utility company presently charges. In addition to that, you pay a security deposit, which amounts to from $500 to $1000, depending on the KWP size of the system, and is reimbursed at the end of the contract period if the contract is not renewed.

After assessing your energy usage and roof profile, the Citizenr? solar designer proposes an installation that will be appropriate for your present energy usage. Because customers' usage will vary and most utilities will not pay for "overgeneration," Citizenre plans to dimension the systems to within about 90% of current usage.

Because of net metering, the customer's utility acts as the "battery" in the system. The customer's payment to the utility will also include the utility connection, which serves as an energy buffer, while payment for used electricity will most likely be within the lowest tiers of the company's billing system.

Customers have no up-front investment to purchase a system, while Citizenr? takes care of all installing and maintaining an entire system.

If you don't want to renew the contract when it expires, Citizenr? merely removes the system and returns the deposit with interest. If you want the system removed before the end of the contract, all you lose is the deposit. (This is not a lease that has a time limit that has to be fulfilled.)

If you move, you can either transfer the contract to the new owner, or Citizenr? will move the system once for free during 25-year contract. After that, a moving fee applies.

Damage to the system that is not a function of manufacturer defects needs to be paid for by the customer, but will be repaired by Citizenr? corp. Most homeowner's insurance will cover the systems.

The site explains the stipulations of the contract quite well, without getting bogged down in legalese.

Citizenr? REnU program

Claims:

No system purchase

No installation cost

No maintenance fees

No permit hassles

No performance worries

No rate increases

As of April, 2008, the company agrees that its initial time frame was set too tight (typical start-up error) but expects actual activity in 2008.

Patents

The company claims to have 15 patents on the technology.

Coverage

Google News > Citizenre

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CITIZENRE IS BACK ON TRACK WITH $20+ Million in Funding - Citizenre No Longer a (Press release Feb 11, 2011)

CITIZENRE INVITED TO WASHINGTON BY SECRETARY OF ENERGY STEVEN CHU (Press release March 25, 2009)

Citizenr? Solar Rental is showcased on HGTV's show (Press release Nov. 5, 2007)

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Is the Sun Rising or Setting on Citizenre Solar? - Company that intends to rent out solar power at rates competitive with local utilities has announced its financial team, though it has not yet secured financing, and may not be able to given the present credit crunch. (PESN Aug. 22, 2007)

CITIZENRE ANNOUNCES FINANCE TEAM: PROVEN INNOVATORS GUIDE GROUND-BREAKING SOLAR ENERGY COMPANY (Press release Aug. 20, 2007)

Love or Hate It, Solar Challenger Citizenre hits Delays - Citizenre has secured some financing and delayed its launch until the fall, . (CNet News.com July 24, 2007)

Energy Investors Take Note: The Second Law of Thermodynamics Still Applies - With the recent rise in interest in alternative energy technologies... (''Rob Day" submits, July 9, 2007)

The CitizenRe Scandal - There are all the earmarks of a crash here. (Dana Blankenhorn March 19, 2007)

Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream - Wired reviews the affordable solar dream concept along with the skeptical views about whether it will actually happen at this time using this approach. House of cards, or wave of the future? (Wired Feb. 21, 2007)

Slashdot discussion (Feb. 24, 2007)

Citizenre: A House of Cards? - Jeff Wolfe asserts that the new multi-level distributor company that claims to be able to offer solar power at or below grid energy pricing toward the end of 2007 does not have its act together and is actually diverting solar customers away from real technologies to false hopes. (Renewable Energy Access Feb. 12, 2007)

Brad's blog raises questions - Recently I opened up a surprising can of worms with a blog post about CitizenRe (Feb. 20, 2007)

The Heated Debate over Citizenre - How an emerging company has created a storm of controversy in the world of solar energy. (Feb. 15, 2007)

All that is Renewable is not Green (3 parts) - “Citizenre Warnings & Red Flags: Immediate Action Required to Prevent a Complete Loss of Confidence and Severe Negative PR? (Feb. 8, 2007)

Citizenre responds to Solar Industry Concerns - A few members of the solar industry have expressed their concern about business model. Here is the response from our CTO ... ("Bioneers.com" Feb. 7, 2007)

U.S. Homeowners Can Now - The Delaware-based business has launched a program that allows customers to “rent? the panels for specified periods of time, paying a per-kilowatt fee that takes the place of the local utility bill. (WorldChanging January 12, 2007)

CitizenRe is removing ALL the barriers to solar generated electricity for homeowners - Our mission: To make a big impact on pollution and global warming by making clean, green, renewable solar powered electricity available in your home @ NO COST to the homeoner. Plus lock in rates for 25 years! (FastPitch 01/11/2007) [Press release]

Citizenre has a plan to bring solar to the masses - Citizenre Inc. has a plan to bring solar power to more people than ever before by renting solar panels to homeowners. The equipment is backed by a performance guarantee with no purchase, maintainence or installation costs. (Earthtoys Dec 27, 2006) [press release]

Citizenre Introduces its REnU 25 Year Fixed Rate Home Solar Rental Program Making Solar Competitive with Utility Electric Rates in 40 States (PRWeb Dec. 12, 2006)

Citizenr? Introduces Home Solar PV Rental Program - Citizenr?'s new REnU 25-year fixed rate residential solar electric system rental program allows homeowners in 40 states to choose green energy while eliminating the large upfront investment costs and premiums over power purchased from electric utilities. Homeowners "lock-in" their electricity rate for 25 year, while most electric utilities are increasing their rates 5% to 30+% every year. (Renewable Energy Access December 7, 2006)

Citizenr?'s REnU: A Solar Service System for Homeowners - A few weeks ago, we took notice of General Motors' solar panels: GM doesn't own them, but provides roof space to the company that does, and then buys cheaper solar electricity through a "solar service system" model. Now, that opportunity is available to homeowners who live

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Contact

http://citizenre.net/web/index.php?p=contact

Leaning on associates to serve as the direct marketing function, the company site does not list a direct email or phone number for customers, but expects people to contact the person that referred them.

Their Delaware address is registered and can be looked up at https://sos-res.state.de.us/tin/GINameSearch.jsp

THE CITIZENRE CORPORATION

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501, Silverside Rd. suite 69

Wilmington, DE 19809

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