SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) and Airbnb announced of a surprising partnership. The two companies will connect Airbnb hosts and guests with homes powered by solar energy. The new agreement reinforces Airbnb’s claims that home-sharing is more environmentally-friendly than traditional hotels.
Through the partnership SolarCity will offer members of the Airbnb community a rebate of up to $1,000 cash back on all solar panel systems. The rebate is available to Airbnb members in each market where SolarCity currently operates, and homeowners can choose the solar option that works for their homes. Additionally, new and current SolarCity customers who become Airbnb hosts will receive a $100 Airbnb travel credit.
Toby Corey, President of Global Sales and Customer Experience, SolarCity, said, "Our partnership with Airbnb demonstrates the important role energy plays in our everyday lives – including travel – and how clean energy can reduce everyone's carbon impact on the world… Homeowners that make the simple switch to solar energy can save money on utility bills and fix their energy costs for years to come. This partnership will create the first opportunity for many Airbnb guests to stay in a solar-powered home, and allow them to experience first-hand how easy it is to use clean energy to contribute to a cleaner, healthier society."