In the News
A collection of notable moments in our work to help local communities and reduce our society's reliance on fossil fuels.
September 20, 2016 - Grants from APNF, Cornell University and Module Supplier Sponsorship Bring Project Fundraising Across the Finish Line
Ithaca, NY – Today 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.
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."
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.”
Half Moon Bay Review - October 2, 2014
A November fundraiser is scheduled to help Half Moon Bay-based Wildlife Associates wildlife sanctuary obtain a solar installation that will help defray its energy costs.
The San Francisco-based nonprofit Everybody Solar announced in September that it would crowd-source a new commercial solar project for the 120-acre Wildlife Associates, which cares for animals unable to survive in the wild, and provides educational programs in the Bay Area.
Fundraising efforts were kicked off with a mid-September charity mixer in San Francisco in conjunction with National Wildlife Day. The next fundraiser is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 8, at Wildlife Associates, located at 1794 Higgins Canyon Road in Half Moon Bay. This free event will present some of the animals sheltered at Wildlife Associates and includes discussion of the organization’s educational programs and its focus on sustainability and conservation.
American Red Cross - September 24, 2014
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will honor recipients of the 2014 San Francisco County Heroes Awards at a breakfast on September 25, 2014 at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. This annual Heroes Breakfast recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness.
Community Service Hero, Organization: Everybody Solar - Youness Scally
Youness Scally’s idea to help agencies that couldn’t afford to go solar soon developed into Everybody Solar. Their mission is to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities and non-profits, the organization helps them reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve.
PVSolarReport - September 5, 2014
We all know that solar power confers many benefits, both financial and environmental. San Francisco-based nonprofit Everybody Solar takes that a step further by crowdfunding solar projects for nonprofit groups that traditionally can’t afford or finance solar. That allows the nonprofits to put more resources into their mission.
For its latest project, Everybody Solar is compounding these benefits by using solar power to help care for animals at a wildlife sanctuary.
In honor of National Wildlife Day, Everybody Solar announced it will crowdfund a new solar project for Wildlife Associates, a wildlife sanctuary and children’s educational nonprofit in Half Moon Bay, California. The 25 kW solar array will cut Wildlife Associates’ electric bill by an impressive 90% and save the organization $10,000 each year — for a total of $250,000 over 25 years.
The organization will be able to reallocate these funds to serve its core mission: taking care of wild animals like cougars and condors, and educating the community about the importance of wildlife conservation and sustainability.
Solar Power World - September 4, 2014
In honor of National Wildlife Day, San Francisco-based nonprofit Everybody Solar will crowdsource a new solar project for Wildlife Associates, the wildlife sanctuary and children’s educational nonprofit in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The 25 kW solar array will cut Wildlife Associates’ electric bill by 90% and save the organization $10,000 each year.
“The array will enable Wildlife Associates to teach 5,000 more kids each year about wildlife and science,” says Youness Scally, executive director of Everybody Solar. “This National Wildlife Day, we pledge to raise the $78,500 needed to help Wildlife Associates go solar and educate our community about the importance of wildlife conservation.”
PV Solar Report - May 22, 2014
“It takes the hood to save the hood” states a large billboard near the corner of Van Ness and Market in San Francisco. The quote comes from Rudy Corpuz Jr. -- an ex-felon turned community activist -- who emphasizes that saving the hood requires love and understanding of the kids in the hood. The solution starts with good education.
Change scenes to an LA hood, where Homeboy Industries has been educating and helping high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women change their lives since 1988. It is the largest gang intervention and rehabilitation program in the U.S., providing counseling, tattoo removal, and vocational education.
Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle says, “When we select potential career tracks for our clients we need to be confident that they'll be able to earn a living for years to come so they won't try to return to a gang for survival. We included solar in our job training program because it's one of the fastest growing segments in the U.S. economy."
In fact, Homeboy Industries has plans to not only train solar installers but to go solar themselves, with the help of Everybody Solar, a San Francisco nonprofit.
The job opportunities for the newly certified solar installers look sunny, as President Obama pushes to increase solar energy production.
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