In the News
A collection of notable moments in our work to help local communities and reduce our society's reliance on fossil fuels.
Matt Brown - Argus-Courier - June 22, 2017
Petaluma, CA - The Committee on the Shelterless is getting free solar panels at one of the Petaluma veteran’s homes it operates, a project that is expected to save the nonprofit money while helping reduce carbon emissions.
Nonprofit Everybody Solar is working with COTS to install the panels at the home off North McDowell Boulevard. The San Francisco-based organization last year helped COTS install solar panels at the Mary Isaak Center homeless shelter.
Mike Johnson, COTS CEO, said that the total savings between the two projects will help the nonprofit continue to operate during a time of lean budgets. COTS has faced funding cuts and had to petition to keep $70,000 in city funding, which it will likely not get next year. “It’s hard to find funding for overhead, things like utility bills,” Johnson said. “Energy independence is good for the agency. It will add up to significant savings.”
In November, workers installed a 19.5-kilowatt upgrade to the existing rooftop system at the Mary Isaak Center, a project that doubled the amount of solar power produced at the building. The larger array is saving COTS around $20,000 in electricity costs every year, Johnson said. Youness Scally, executive director of Everybody Solar, said that COTS was an easy choice to partner with because of the many services the organization provides to Petaluma’s homeless population.
Foundation Beyond Belief - December 21, 2016 - Special to FBB from Everybody Solar
We, at Everybody Solar, work to provide solar energy to do-gooders – aka other non-profits that help their communities. It’s an honor to have been selected as Foundation Beyond Belief’s Natural World Beneficiary during the 3rd quarter of 2016. With the support of organizations like Foundation Beyond Belief – and the many inspiring humanists behind it – we are looking forward to increasing our impact in 2017 for great local non-profits. We are dedicated to doing our collective part in addressing what may be the greatest threat humanity faces today.
With climate change deniers set to lead the EPA and head the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, it is more important than ever that we help move our society away from a fossil-fuel-based economy as quickly as possible.
Argus-Courier - November 19, 2016
Petaluma, CA - An expanded solar electricity system at Committee on the Shelterless' Mary Isaak Center in Petaluma will soon supply most of the facilitiy's power needs, freeing funds for the homelessness-focused nonprofit to devote to other areas..
Workers were putting the finishing touches on the new 19.5-kilowatt upgrade to the existing rooftop system earlier this week, work that will roughly double the amounnt of solar power produced at the building.
The larger array will savef COTS around $20,000 in electdricity costs every yeare, said Mike Johnson, CEO.
"It will acutally make us completely solar dependent - independent of the grid - most of the time," Johnson said.
PV Solar Report - October 31, 2016 - Volunteer Crew to Complete Nonprofit Rooftop Installation
San Francisco, CA - Today Everybody Solar announced that it has reached its fundraising goal to add 63 solar panels (19.5 kW) to the headquarters of Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a nonprofit that helps homeless adults and families meet their basic needs for food, shelter, and safety and move towards stable independence.
In 2015, Everybody Solar kicked off a crowdsourced fundraising campaign to help double COTS’ existing ten year old 20 kW array, and reduce the shelter’s electricity costs by an additional $8,000 per year through solar. Everybody Solar has successfully generated over $50,000 in donations for the expanded solar energy array through generous donations from individuals, inverter manufacturer Enphase Energy, module manufacturer JinkoSolar and California solar installer Solplicity.
Volunteers began installing the solar panels at Committee on the Shelterless on Friday, October 28, 2016.
Solar Power World - September 21, 2016 - Grants from APNF, Cornell University and Module Supplier Sponsorship Bring Project Fundraising Across the Finish Line
Ithaca, NY – Everybody Solar, an award-winning solar energy nonprofit, announced that it will donate a 15 kilowatt (kW) solar array to the Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in upstate New York. This was made possible by All Points North Foundation (APNF), Cornell University, JinkoSolar and over 50 individual donors, who rose up to bring solar energy and sustainability education to upstate New York.
In October of 2015, Everybody Solar kicked off a crowdsourced fundraising campaign to bring a solar array to the Sciencenter, which attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. The solar energy system will save over $1,700 per year on utility costs and will be a key feature of the Sciencenter’s new Sustainability Gallery, an interactive exhibit teaching the science of sustainability. Everybody Solar coordinated these financial and in-kind donations and worked alongside the Sciencenter’s leadership team to ensure the success of the project.
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Foundation Beyond Belief - August 29, 2016
The general public hears a lot about the benefits of solar and other forms of ‘renewable energy’. Solar, in particular, seems like common sense: it’s sunny, we know we can turn the sun into electricity, so why aren’t we doing it?
The biggest issue with the cost of solar versus the cost of non-renewable sources of electricity is scale and infrastructure. Coal, natural gas, and hydroelectric power plants, with their large energy and carbon footprints, are massive industrial complexes and systems that have been developed through decades, often with large subsidies.
As solar power tries to make an impact, the largest challenge it faces is scale. While a small-scale installation of solar to one house will impact the electricity bill of a single household (after the cost of installation), it will not make a dent in the use of renewable energy in the country. The cost of single use solar power is about $3 per watt and is falling at about 10% a year, but solar is less than .6% of energy generation in the United States. Small scale solar now receives federal tax incentives, but not nearly enough to offset the cost. What makes Everybody Solar, our Q3 2016 Natural World beneficiary, a revolutionary step in the process, is their ability to both leverage the benefits of small-scale solar power one building at a time, but also their ability to actualize the benefits of large-scale solar by helping many organizations save thousands of dollars a year with solar energy, which cuts down on their carbon footprint, but also allows those savings to be reinvested in important programs
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SolarPowerWorld - February 1, 2016
JinkoSolar Holding Co. has donated 57 kW to Everybody Solar, a U.S. non-profit organization working to provide solar to local charities.
JinkoSolar’s donation of 212 of its high-efficiency PV modules will help Everybody Solar provide solar energy systems to 3 non-profits in the U.S.: the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) in Petaluma, California, the Sciencenter, in Ithaca, New York, and a third yet to be announced.
COTS provides life-saving shelter and transformative programs to families, children, and adults in Sonoma County, CA. The organization provides 322 beds of emergency shelter, both transitional and permanent housing, and serves 120 hot meals per day. The JinkoSolar PV modules will help Everybody Solar build a 27 kW system for COTS, saving it over $7,000 per year in electricity bills, money COTS can use for other purposes.
The Sciencenter, which welcomes over 100,000 visitors from across the country each year, is in the process of creating a new exhibit that will empower guests to engage in sustainable practices in their daily lives. The JinkoSolar PV modules will power this and several other Sciencenter exhibits.
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Calabasas, CA - January 27, 2016
Solplicity, a leader in the California residential solar space, raised more than $17,000 in December for Everybody Solar, a charity that helps protect the environment by providing solar power to non-profit organizations. Monies raised by Solplicity helped Everybody Solar fund an upcoming solar installation for the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) offices in Petaluma, Calif.
Throughout December, Solplicity made a donation for every new customer that chose to go solar with the company, raising a total of $17,100. Solplicity partnered with Everybody Solar to help fund a solar system that will reduce operating expenses for COTS, while helping their mission and the environment.
"The holiday season was a little more meaningful for us at Solplicity, knowing that we were working to donate to such a great cause," said Fred Stefany, General Manager and Vice President of Solplicity. "It really got the team in the giving mood. And of course, it's inspiring to know that our gift will have both an environmental and financial impact at COTS for years to come."
Solar Industry Magazine - December 3, 2015 - by Nora Caley - Advocates Hope The COP21 Talks Produce Concrete Results For Solar
Paris, FR – Some renewables advocates are already pleased with the positive results from the United Nations Climate Change Conference under way in Paris. The event, also known as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), may be in full swing, but some industry experts say some of the work has been done already – and that bodes well for solar.
‘We are keeping our eyes on the Paris climate summit,’ says Kim Stevens, campaign director for Environment Colorado in Denver. ‘We know public policy choices are a key driver of solar energy growth.’...
... ‘I hope it will have a large impact in terms of government investment, looking at different ways to reduce barriers and red tape,’ says Youness Scally, executive director of Everybody Solar, based in Santa Cruz, Calif. ‘That's one of the largest things government can do.’
It’s a Wrap! Everybody Solar, Enphase, Mounting Systems and JinkoSolar Shine for Wildlife Associates
Volunteer Crew Goes into the Field to Complete Nonprofit Rooftop Installation
San Francisco, CA – June 9, 2015 – Today Everybody Solar, an award-winning solar energy nonprofit, announces that it has fully installed a 27 kW solar array for fellow nonprofit Wildlife Associates. With the help of 20 employees from Enphase Energy, JinkoSolar and Mounting Systems, three of the project sponsors, and training and supervision provided by nonprofit installer SunWork Renewable Energy Projects, the system is up and running and will produce over 40,000 kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually.
Everybody Solar announced in March that it had successfully met its fundraising goal of $78,500 to complete the project through its crowdsourcing portal, along with equipment donations of Enphase M250 inverters plus monitoring, JinkoSolar 305W modules and Mounting Systems Alpha racking. A $30,000 grant from the All Points North Foundation, a small, private foundation that supports projects that promote solar energy awareness and implementation, pushed the campaign past the finish line.
“It was truly a team effort to crowdsource the components, design, engineering, and installation of this solar project for Wildlife Associates,” said Youness Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar. “Wildlife Associates cares for non-releasable wild animals that provide an essential community service as ‘Wild Teachers’ traveling to schools and teaching kids about wildlife and natural resource conservation. Before this project, the organization would pay $9,000 a year to power its wildlife sanctuary, which houses 50 animals. With the new solar array, that amount will shrink to approximately $1,000 a year for the next 25 years. This significant savings will benefit the community and help fund future programs to make a bigger impact.”
“All of us at Wildlife Associates are simply thrilled to have this magnificent solar array not only for the substantial financial savings, but also for the important educational opportunity it presents. The nearly 80,000 Bay Area students who experience our science education programs in schools each year will now learn not only about wildlife and environmental stewardship but also about clean energy and the importance of solar power,” noted Bruce Holaday, Director of Wildlife Associates.
There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the scenic Wildlife Associates sanctuary on August 15, 2015 located at 1794 Higgins Canyon Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (map) to celebrate the new solar array.
Everybody Solar Scores Homerun for Wildlife Associates with JinkoSolar and All Points North Foundation Gift
March 24, 2015 - Module Supplier Sponsorship and APNF Grant Takes Project Fundraising Across the Finish Line
San Francisco, CA – March 24, 2015 – Today Everybody Solar, an award-winning solar energy nonprofit, announces that JinkoSolar and All Points North Foundation (APNF) have stepped up to bring solar to fellow Bay Area nonprofit Wildlife Associates. In September, Everybody Solar kicked off a crowdsourced fundraising campaign to bring a solar array to Wildlife Associates and cut their electric bill by 90%. These donations pushed the campaign past its goal of $78,500, allowing construction on the 27 kW solar array to commence. The hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings will support the organization’s mission of wildlife conservation and education.
A private foundation that strengthens communities by supporting solar educational programs, APNF has awarded Everybody Solar with a prestigious $30,000 grant. The grant will cover the installation and ancillary equipment costs of the Wildlife Associates array. APNF works to drive awareness, education, training and hands-on application of solar as a practical and cost-efficient energy source, and saw a natural fit with the Everybody Solar project.
"APNF is proud to help Wildlife Associates go solar. The installation will significantly reduce the organization’s electricity costs, allowing more resources to go toward its mission. Wildlife Associates will be able to reach more students, teaching them about the care of wild animals as well as being stewards of the earth through the use of renewable solar power," said Mark Dudzinski, APNF solar subcommittee chair and board member.
PV Solar Report - December 10, 2014
San Francisco nonprofit Everybody Solar is on a roll with its latest project — bringing solar to nonprofit Wildlife Associates, a wildlife sanctuary and children’s educational nonprofit in Half Moon Bay, California. The solar array will save Wildlife Associates enough to teach an additional 5,000 kids each year about wildlife and science.
Since the project’s announcement in September, Everybody Solar has added some key partners to the effort. Microinverter provider Enphase Energy donated over 100 microinverters and accessories, significantly lowering the project cost. That contribution took Everybody Solar past 18% of its crowdfunding goal for Wildlife Associates.
Now a new partnership is taking the funding campaign to the 30% point. Mounting Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of solar racking systems, has donated a complete Alpha on-roof mounting system to the project. The new racking system will also help lower the cost of the 25 – 29.5 kW solar installation.
“We take community responsibility very seriously and are pleased to partner with nonprofits like Everybody Solar and Wildlife Associates who are doing valuable work,” said Don Massa, Product Manager at Mounting Systems. “Even though our Alpha racking system is quite easy and quick to install, it is a rugged, highly durable system that will provide years of trouble-free, reliable service for the Wildlife Associates Half Moon Bay Project,” said Massa.
“We’re honored to partner with Mounting Systems on the Wildlife Associates installation,” said Youness Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar. “Wildlife Associates spends thousands of dollars annually on energy bills to care for over 50 wild animals or ‘teachers’ at the Half Moon Bay sanctuary. These wild animals and staff travel to over 300 local schools each year to teach kids about wildlife conservation and environmental awareness. With Mounting Systems’ support, we can defray 90% of the sanctuary’s electricity costs and enable Wildlife Associates to care for three additional wild animals.”
PV Solar Report - October 31, 2014
Enphase Energy, the leading microinverter technology provider, has donated over 100 microinverters and accessories to the Wildlife Associates project in Half Moon Bay. This in-kind donation will help significantly lower the cost of the project and pushes Everybody Solar past 18 percent of their fundraising goal.
"Giving back to our local community is important to Enphase and our employees," said Jeff Loebbaka, senior vice president of global sales, marketing and support at Enphase. "Our collaborative effort with Everybody Solar will help bring clean energy to Wildlife Associates and reduce electricity costs so more resources can be directed toward the organization's animal-care and education programs."
"We're thrilled to partner with Enphase on the Wildlife Associates' solar installation. Enphase's contribution will make a big impact on the cost and expediency of the project," says Youness Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar. "Wildlife Associates spends over $12,000 a year on electricity as they care for their wild animals or ‘teachers' and going solar will cut their electric expenses by 90%. With Enphase's support, the new system will be able to maximize the optimal energy harvest from each solar panel and publicly monitor energy production in real-time, making our donor dollars stretch even further. Wildlife Associates will be able to spend more on their programs and further educate the public about the benefits of solar energy and conservation."
The solar array will save Wildlife Associates enough to fund their programs to teach an additional 5,000 kids each year about wildlife and science. People looking to learn more about Wildlife Associates are invited to join Everybody Solar on an interactive tour of the facility on Saturday, November 8th, at the Wildlife Associates Sanctuary in Half Moon Bay (map). Tickets can be reserved at http://www.bringsolartowildlife.eventbrite.com. Individuals can also donate directly to the project at everybodysolar.org/Wildlife.
Solar Power World - October 22, 2014
Solar Power World held the 2014 Top 400 Solar Contractor’s Gala Monday night at the ARIA Resort and Casino, where more than 200 contractors gathered for a night of networking, dinner, awards and celebration.
Rhone Resch of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) kicked off the dinner portion of the event with an uplifting, congratulatory speech. During dinner Eileen Robertson, accompanied by her three children, honored Everybody Solar with the 2014 Brian D. Robertson Memorial Schools Fund award for their exceptional work in the non-profit sector.
As dinner came to an end Robert Dally, Renewable Energy Program Manager for the Nevada Governors Office of Energy, took the stage to discuss his trials and triumphs over his 35-year PV career.
If you attended the Top Solar Contractors Gala please be sure to tweet about it with #Solar400.
Business Wire - October 21, 2014
The solar stars were out in force last night at the Solar Power World Top 400 Solar Contractors Gala, which kicked off Solar Power International (SPI) last night in Las Vegas. Co-hosted by Solar Power World and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), contractors from across the country packed the Juniper Ballroom at the Aria Resort & Casino to celebrate the excellence and explosive growth of the solar industry and the role they play in it.
For Outstanding Philanthropy – The Brian D. Robertson (BDR) Solar Schools Memorial Fund Award
Everybody Solar: Everybody Solar works to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities we help them reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, explained the importance of the event in showing the rest of the country what the united strength of the industry looks like.
“If we band together, I believe that we can continue this tremendous growth,” Resch says. “You, the top contractors in solar today, will enjoy many more years of success and leadership across the country.”
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