In the News
A collection of notable moments in our work to help local communities and reduce our society's reliance on fossil fuels.
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.
CleanTechnica - March 28, 2014
The nonprofit sector would seem to represent a natural fit for the solar revolution. While they’re fulfilling their missions, why shouldn’t they help the environment, too, by going green – not to mention giving a boost, by cutting energy costs, to their own bottom lines?
Perhaps the biggest drawback, ironically, is one of the most crucial stimulants to the rise of solar elsewhere in the economy: tax incentives. Because of the tax-exempt status of nonprofits in general, these simply do not apply to them. And because most of a nonprofits’ donors (and usually its board as well) are looking over management’s shoulder to see where every donated dollar is spent, the initially high investment to install a solar array can seem a prohibitive indulgence.
Crowdfunding has also become a popular way to help nonprofits go solar. San Francisco-based Everybody Solar, which is itself a nonprofit, is one organization using this method. Its mission is to help organizations go solar, “thereby benefiting not only the environment but also the nonprofit’s budget.” Although donations are solicited from the Internet, the organization’s crowdfunding model tends to focus on the communities that will most benefit from a nonprofit’s work. And because Everybody Solar partners with a nonprofit installer, SunWork, it can provide solar panels at a cost more economical than many commercial providers.
Second Silicon - March 2, 2014
Episode 23 of Disruption: Solar Energy
On this podcast, host Roger Willhite speaks with Youness Scally to discuss his Bay Area nonprofit Everybody Solar. Listeners learn how this organization is helping nonprofits reduce their electric bills by helping them go solar so that they, in turn, can use more of their resources to meet their charitable goals.
The Energy Collective - January 24, 2014
Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally, founders of RE-volv and Everybody Solar, have been busy. Since founding their solar crowdfunding nonprofits in 2011, they’ve shown that their ideas are more than just ideas by making actual projects happen.
A lot has happened since Rosana Francescato spoke with Scally and Karelas last summer about their successful launches. Both organizations completed their first projects last year and are on to the next ones. Everybody Solar has completed fundraising for their second project, a 7.7 kW solar system benefiting Los Angeles nonprofit Homeboy Industries. The project is slated to be installed in mid-February.
Now both organizations are working to maintain momentum. Scally says, “We hope to reach more people and bring them into the movement to crowdfund solar for communities.” He’d like to complete two more solar projects by the end of 2014 and is looking for the right nonprofit to partner with for Everybody Solar’s next project.
CleanTechnica - December 19th, 2013
Whether it’s a solar array that helps a charity organization focus more on its mission by eliminating its electric bill, or a lamp that helps a child in a remote village do his/her homework at night for the first time, the gift of solar endures.
Thanks to new financing options and lower material costs, solar has been growing like crazy and helping middle class families across the country save for retirement and college funds. However, it still is just out of reach for most charities and non-profits. While a solar array pays for itself many times over and charities are great at cutting costs to improve operations, non-profits are often cut off from financing options that would allow them to benefit from solar. To fix this problem, solar companies and solar-specific non-profits are lending a hand through crowdfunding financing and donating product.
This holiday season, four solar organizations have teamed up to put a solar array in the stocking of one of Los Angeles’s most popular charities, Homeboy Industries, and spread solar cheer. Non-profit Everybody Solar and alt-rock group Trapdoor Social are crowdsourcing the funding for the project, while Orion Solar Racking, module manufacturer ecoSolargy, and inverter manufacturer Solectria Renewables have made significant in-kind donations.
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.
- Homeboy Industries Project Takes Big Step Forward with Orion Solar Racking Partnership
- Clean Energy Groups and an Indie Rock Band Team up for Nonprofit Homeboy Industries
- Indie Rockers, Former Gang Members, and Sierra Club Team Up For Solar
- Can Solar Help Prevent Crime?
- Everybody Solar Cuts Ribbon on Flagship Solar Project for Rebuilding Together Peninsula
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