In the News
Media coverage of Everybody Solar's notable solar energy campaigns and victories will be listed on this page.
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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.
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.
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Redwood City, CA - May 31, 2012
Non-profit organizations Everybody Solar and Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) have launched a new effort to bring solar power to the rooftop of RTP’s Redwood City headquarters, greening the 501c(3) charity’s community focused efforts and potentially saving them several thousand dollars a year on utility costs.
Everybody Solar chose Rebuilding Together Peninsula as their first solar project because of RTP's strong impact on a disadvantaged and often over-looked community. Rebuilding Together Peninsula rehabilitates homes and community facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula for low-income homeowners and neighbors — seniors, disabled, or families — so they can live independently in warmth and safety. Once complete, the solar project will free up funds the organization currently uses to pay its utility costs, allowing them to provide more help to neighbors in need.
“We are thrilled to partner with Everybody Solar,” says Seana O'Shaughnessy, RTP Executive Director. “Incorporating green construction and energy efficient practices into our rehab projects has become one of our top priorities. With the help of Everybody Solar, we can implement these principles at our own facility. Additionally, the annual cost savings is significant — allowing us to complete more projects each year.”
January 27, 2012
Volume 3 of the HERO Newsletter highlights Youness Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar. As a student of the Effective Green Business Marketing course at Ohlone College, Youness gained insight into Green Business management and met new colleagues and other eco-entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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San Francisco, CA - December 15, 2011
A new charitable organization, Everybody Solar, helps both the environment and local U.S. communities thrive with the use of solar power. This young non-profit hits the eco-NPO scene with a fresh take on green people-focused charity.
“Our goal is to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities, we will help struggling organizations reduce electricity costs and direct their limited funds back into the communities they serve,” said Youness Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar. “There are tons of great charities that improve their communities here in the U.S., and it makes sense to save them money and make their communities greener at the same time.”