In the News
A collection of notable moments in our work to help local communities and reduce our society's reliance on fossil fuels.
Solar Power World - November 14th, 2013
It’s clear that solar can provide clean energy, but stopping gang violence doesn’t always make its list of benefits. Still, interestingly enough, an organization called Homeboy Industries is using solar to do just that.
The organization serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites. Homeboy Industries covers tuition and supply costs for its clients who wish to enroll in the photovoltaic training program at East Los Angeles Skills Center. Homeboy also offers additional tutoring to help students pass a national credentialing test that makes its clients competitive candidates for employment in the green industry.
Fellow Los Angeles-based company Orion Solar Racking is supporting the project by donating a complete set of mounting materials. This donation will help lower the cost of the project to be installed by GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, pushing them past the halfway point of their fundraising goal.
Los Angeles, CA - November 13th, 2013
Leading Solar Racking Provider Helps Charity Organization Stop LA Gangs with Solar Power
Today Everybody Solar announces that the LA-based company Orion Solar Racking has donated a complete set of mounting materials to the Homeboy Industries solar project. This in-kind donation will help lower the cost of the project to be installed by GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, pushing them past the halfway point of their fundraising goal.
Renewable Energy World - Sept. 17th, 2013
Solar nonprofit and indie rock band join forces to fight crime in Los Angeles: sounds like a movie plot. But this month, clean energy groups Everybody Solar and GRID Alternatives and the band Trapdoor Social have teamed up to help Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit which stops recidivism among former gang members, to go solar. The band is donating all the proceeds from their album’s presale to fund this unique and socially responsible project through the online crowdfunding site Pledge Music.
This partnership will benefit Homeboy Industries by allowing them to direct funds previously needed for their utility bill towards providing job-training, education and mental health services.
KCET - September 16th, 2013
Los Angeles-based alternative rockers Trapdoor Social have a reputation for environmental consciousness, ever since way back in 2011 when the band's principals Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk met while taking environmental studies courses at Pomona College.
So it's no surprise that the two would come up with a green-leaning way to promote their forthcoming album. But rather than offering their crowdsource patrons some green-tinged swag and calling it a day, Graves and Funk decided to use their promotional efforts to create some of what the marketing folks might call synergy.
Trapdoor Social's funding campaign for its next album, due out early next year, isn't actually going to fund the next album. Instead, the net proceeds from the crowdfunding campaign will go to put solar panels on the roof of an innovative and popular Los Angeles non-profit that's helped to turn thousands of young people's lives around: Homeboy Industries.
EcoSolargy Blog - September 5th, 2013
A couple weeks back, I was at a government contracting meeting at Los Angeles City Hall. Due to lovely LA traffic and scheduling, I didn’t have time for lunch #ABitPeckish. Fearing I would have to sit through a 3-hour meeting without sustenance, I heard wonderful news of a diner downstairs. I rushed down and found Homeboy Diner! It was a savior to my stomach and to the others attendees #HungryDeeterIsAViolentDeeter! I thought the name sounded very familiar and after some quick iPhone stalking, I discovered they’re connected to Homeboy Industries. About a month prior I had met with Youness Scally, executive director for Everybody Solar. During our meeting, he mentioned that his company was doing a project for Homeboy Industries in LA.
San Francisco - July 19, 2013
Award-winning Solar Non-profit Turns on Solar Project for Bay Area Charity.
Everybody Solar announced today that it has completed its inaugural solar project – a 21.5 kW system on the roof of Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP). More than 40 community members, including State Senator Jerry Hill and San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the solar array which will save RTP over $8,000 annually.
“The savings that we get from this will be directly driven back into our programs,” said Spence Leslie, Chairman of RTP. “By eliminating RTP’s electric bill, (we) are able to dedicate more resources to (our) mission.”
“$8,000 a year is going to go right back in the community. We don’t have to pay utility bills anymore thanks to Everybody Solar and JinkoSolar,” said RTP Executive Director Seana O'Shaughnessy.
August 5, 2013
Los Angeles-based band Trapdoor Social, the Sierra Club and energy leaders Everybody Solar and GRID Alternatives team up to provide Solar Panels for non-profit Homeboy Industries.
Appreciating that social responsibility is one of the benefits of playing popular music, Los Angeles-based band Trapdoor Social has teamed up with two outstanding energy leaders, Everybody Solar and GRID Alternatives, to install solar panels on a Los Angeles inner-city, Homeboy Industries building. Funding for this unique and socially responsible project will be raised through the online crowdsourcing site www.pledgemusic.com.
“Our goal is to use our band as a vessel for communication and to convey the urgency of environmental responsibility,” noted lead singers of Trapdoor Social Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk.
Renewable Energy World - July 12th, 2013
In developed nations, we see solar power as an alternative to conventional energy and a way to fight climate change. But in poor countries solar reveals itself as even more — as a way out of some of the world's darkest humanitarian problems.
For those of us who live in communities traversed by power lines, it's hard to imagine life without electricity. But large swaths of the globe remain without this modern necessity. About one-fifth of the world, or 1.3 to 1.6 billion people, live in energy poverty, mostly in sub-Sahara Africa and parts of Asia, and to a smaller extent in Latin America and the Middle East.
Solar Mosaic - June 27th, 2013
What does it take to cook up a community solar project? A dash of crowdfunding, a pinch of grassroots outreach, and a generous helping of persistence.
That’s the word from San Francisco nonprofits RE-volv and Everybody Solar, who have shown with their first projects that they have viable recipes for crowdfunded solar installations. Founders Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally joined me in this video to talk about their successful launches.
Sustainable Industries - May 8th, 2013
Everybody Solar is breaking ground this week on its inaugural solar installation, a 21.5 kW project for Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP). The project was born from a successful fundraising effort that kicked off in May of last year and attracted over 100 individual and corporate donors. The installation will help power RTP’s Redwood City headquarters, saving the nonprofit over $150,000 throughout the system’s 25-year lifetime.
The solar energy revolution is sweeping through California, and homeowners and businesses are leveraging solar to improve their budgets and produce energy locally. Nonprofits – as non-taxable entities that do not qualify for tax credits – have traditionally been precluded from benefiting from solar incentives and shut out from solar leasing provisions. Through crowd-funding, Everybody Solar enables non-profits to get the same benefits from solar that homeowners and businesses get, allowing them to save money on their energy bill and thus them give more support to their communities.
JinkoSolar Donates Solar Modules to Everybody Solar’s Non-profit Flagship Solar Project in Redwood City
SHANGHAI - April 18, 2013
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a leading global PV solar power product manufacturer, today announced that it had provided Everybody Solar, a San Francisco-based NGO, 21.6 kW high efficiency solar modules through a combination of donations and fair market value sales, bringing the power of solar energy to the Redwood City, California community.
To celebrate their flagship solar installation for local non-profit Rebuilding Together Peninsula, a benefit concert “Solar Rockstars for a Cause” is being held in downtown San Francisco today to raise funds for future solar projects.
Venture Beat - March 29th, 2013
Everybody Solar is helping charities like the Bay Area low-income home rehab volunteer organization Rebuilding Together Peninsula go green by accessing the free energy of the sun — with free solar panels, to boot.
This week, Everybody Solar funded the installation of a 13.5 kW system on the roof of the Redwood City-based nonprofit organization, which will save Rebuilding Together Peninsula (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 told me today. “So we’re bringing them renewable energy to help them benefit from going solar and getting free and clean energy.”
Redwood City, CA - March 27, 2013
Solar Non-Profit Completes Final Funding Round for Redwood City Project Non-profit organizations
Everybody Solar announced today that it has surpassed its fundraising goal of $34,000 and can now begin its inaugural solar project, a 13.5 kW system on the roof of Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP). The fundraising effort kicked off in May of last year and has attracted approximately 100 donors to date. This installation will bring much needed solar power to RTP’s Redwood City headquarters, saving the nonprofit close to $100,000 throughout the system’s life.
“The compound savings this project will provide the community are what drew us to helping Rebuilding Together Peninsula. 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. We’re proud to be able to help non-profits like RTP save money and expand their operations with solar power,” says Youness Scally, Executive Director and Co-founder of Everybody Solar.
San Francisco, CA - January 7, 2013
Everybody Solar announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
“We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” says Youness Scally, Executive Director, Everybody Solar. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including launching our first project to bring solar to nonprofit Rebuilding Together Peninsula.”
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Everybody Solar received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote,
The Energy Collective - December 18, 2012
As the price of solar has plummeted and leases have become more widespread, many more Americans have been able to go solar. But what about the 75% who can’t?
More options are emerging for solar for the rest of us -- including Mosaic’s new online marketplace, which is making it possible for people to invest in community solar projects and earn solid returns.
This three-part series profiles some other startups that are paving the way to spread solar to all.
Just across the bay from Mosaic in San Francisco, three young entrepreneurs are finding new ways to crowdfund solar projects -- and include the 75%. Not content to wait for someone else to do something, they’re taking matters into their own hands, rolling up their sleeves, and making projects happen.
Empowering the 75% through nonprofits
Youness Scally founded Everybody Solar in 2011. Its mission is to help nonprofits go solar, thereby benefitting not only the environment but also the nonprofit’s budget. By reducing its power bills, a nonprofit can focus resources on its programs instead of on operating costs. And that helps the community the nonprofit serves. Everybody Solar focuses on local nonprofits that work to help the people with the greatest need in the community or who are doing environmental work.
Read the full article here.
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