year 2, week 29: this week i'm gonna... go solar.
What could a homeless shelter for veterans do with an extra $20,000 a year? Thanks to Everybody Solar, the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) in Petaluma, CA is about to find out.
Everybody Solar works to provide free solar energy to outstanding nonprofits in order to help them better achieve their missions and meet the needs of their communities. During times of economic hardship and decreased funding, organizations Like COTS face an increased demand for their services. Everybody Solar has a solution to address this added strain. Rather than wasting money on expensive electricity bills, they propose putting that money directly into public service by helping community-serving organizations switch to cleaner, more affordable and efficient energy sources.
"We believe that the gift of solar energy can make the world a better and more sustainable place," states co-founder and CEO of Everybody Solar, Youness Scally.
Everybody Solar recently completed installation of an 8 kW solar system for COTS in June. Combined with the 19.5 kW system installed last November, COTS will save nearly $20,000 annually in energy costs.
The new solar system will allow COTS to redirect their limited funding to direct programming – helping more people and families out of homelessness.
“It helps (COTS) to be more of a nimble organization, and to be able to devote more of their funds toward their programs,” Scally says of COTS and the solar project. “And the other goal is, of course, to offset the impacts of climate change.”
The mission of Everybody Solar is to work to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities, Everybody Solar helps them reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve.
Everybody Solar envisions current and future generations having equal access to essential social services while living on a thriving and sustainable planet. By funding solar energy projects for organizations who serve the general population, Everybody Solar involves non-traditional audiences in the environmental discussion. This brings attention to the need for ecological sustainability in the community. Everybody Solar believes that together, we can find the answer to a sustainable future.
To learn more about Everybody Solar, please check out the below video:
Everybody Solar is also helping Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP), a Bay area low-income home rehab volunteer organization, go green by accessing the free energy of the sun.
Everybody Solar funded the installation of a 13.5 kW system on the roof of the Redwood City-based nonprofit organization, which will save RTP about $100,000 over the course of its 20-year life-span.
“We want to help nonprofits free up their resources to fund their projects,” Everybody Solar representative Liz Oh states. “So we’re bringing them renewable energy to help them benefit from going solar and getting free and clean energy.”
All together, Everybody Solar will be installing about 60 solar panels on RTP’s roof with the help of another nonprofit dedicated to renewable energy, SunWork Renewable Energy Projects. The panels themselves were donated by a NYSE-listed Chinese solar energy company, Jinko Solar, and will provide enough energy to power their building, appliances, computers, and lighting... basically everything RTP uses that needs electricity.
And when there’s more power than needed? RTP will be able to feed it into the electrical grid and sell it back to its local utility.
This sort of donation makes dollars and sense, Scally says: “For each dollar we raise, RTP will save $2.20, and each dollar RTP spends on home improvement makes a difference to a neighbor in need.”
This is just the start, according to Everybody Solar. They are looking for new projects, and are currently taking submissions via its website from nonprofit organizations that want to benefit from green energy and reduce their carbon footprint.
Notes for this week:
- Summer = lots of sun! Let's help put that solar power to work.
- Our collective givetwig donation will go toward The Solar Fund and will be spread equally among all current (and upcoming) Everybody Solar solar projects.
- If you know of a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit that could benefit from Everybody Solar's services, you can nominate them here.
- For more information on Everybody Solar, please check out their website.
this week i'm gonna donate to Everybody Solar.