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Mosaic Helps the Little Guys Invest Directly in Solar

Similar to Lending Club or Prosper, Mosaic is a site that helps people who have a little extra money to invest find a fairly reliable return by helping others out with loans.

MosaicBut Mosaic is specifically focused on loans to solar developers, for projects needing smaller loans — say, $100,000, versus the $20 million or so that would catch a larger lender’s eye. And it divides those loans into chunks that its lenders commit individually.

So far, Mosaic has raised $1.2 million from more than 1,000 investors to fund 12 rooftop solar projects in California, Arizona and New Jersey.

The company is today posting a new batch of solar projects that promise estimated annual returns of 4.5 percent.

“The fastest way to transition to clean energy is to allow more people to participate,” said Mosaic co-founder and president Billy Parish, adding that Mosaic expects to have more easily available inventory in the future, and to expand into areas beyond solar.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work