San Francisco - July 19, 2013
RTP cuts ribbon on new 22 kW solar energy system
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.
The fundraising effort kicked off in May 2012 and attracted over 100 donors from around the Bay Area. The solar industry also stepped up to help the community as JinkoSolar provided the panels through a combination of donations and fair market value sale, and SunWork Renewable Energy Projects, a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, installed the project at a discounted rate.
“Everybody Solar is such a great concept, because when you use the idea of crowdsourcing funding projects like this, people come together and build something as a community, it’s a great concept and it’s something we need more of in California,” said Senator Hill.
With the successful completion of the RTP project, Everybody Solar looks to expand to Southern California. “We’re pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Sierra Club, Grid Alternatives, and the alt-rock group Trapdoor Social to bring solar to Homeboy Industries. Together we’ll help amplify Homeboy Industries' efforts to increase opportunities for at-risk youth in Los Angeles,” said Everybody Solar Co-founder Youness Scally. “Our goal is to raise $20,000 for this project, and allow Homeboy Industries to direct funds previously needed for their utility bill towards providing job-training, education and mental health services.”
About Everybody Solar
Everybody Solar is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA. They work to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities, they help these organizations reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve. Everybody Solar is a charitable organization and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its mission. Visit them online at www.everybodysolar.org, like them at www.facebook.com/everybodysolar, or tweet at them at www.twitter.com/everybodysolar.
About Rebuilding Together Peninsula
Rebuilding Together Peninsula builds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income people—elderly, people with disabilties and families—so they can live in warmth, safety and independence. Serving all of San Mateo and northern Santa Clara County, RTP is the largest organization on the Peninsula dedicated to preserving affordable housing and revitalizing communities. Each year, RTP works with thousands of volunteers to provide free home and roof repair services. In its 24-year history, RTP has restored over 1,100 homes and 320 community facilities with the help of 79,000 volunteers with an estimated reconstruction value of $33,245,000.
JinkoSolar is a leading solar PV power product manufacturer with production operations in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and sales and marketing offices in 10 countries. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2 GW each for silicon ingots and wafers, solar PV cells and solar PV modules as of December 30, 2012. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market.
About SunWork Renewable Energy Projects
SunWork Renewable Energy Projects is a California nonprofit based in the Bay Area that works to spread solar power by putting up solar electricity systems on small-energy-footprint area homes with the help of trained volunteers. SunWork's team teaches volunteers to help physically install solar systems, and works together with these volunteers to carry out installations for a lower cost. By accomplishing installations more economically, SunWork and its volunteer crew allow more people to afford these systems. Visit them online at www.sunwork.org.