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Homeboy Industries Project Takes Big Step Forward with Orion Solar Racking Partnership

orion-solar-rackingLos Angeles, CA - November 13th, 2013

Leading Solar Racking Provider Helps Charity Organization Stop LA Gangs with Solar Power

Today Everybody Solar announces that the LA-based company Orion Solar Racking has donated a complete set of mounting materials to the Homeboy Industries solar project. This in-kind 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.

“It’s wonderful that the LA area solar industry is pitching in to help its neighbor Homeboy Industries with this project,” says Youness Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar. “Homeboy spends thousands of dollars a year on their electric bill, and together with GRID Alternatives and Orion, we’ll help Homeboy save on utility expenses so they can dedicate more resources to their job training and other anti-recidivism programs.”

“Two of our members have been regular GRID Alternatives volunteers, helping bring solar to low-income families across Los Angeles, so we are excited to partner with them to help Homeboy Industries save money with solar power,” says Bob Sinai, CEO of Orion Solar.

Everybody Solar has been fundraising for the project along with the alternative rock band Trapdoor Social and the Sierra Club, and they are quickly approaching their $20,000 goal.

About Homeboy Industries
Homeboy Industries 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. Visit them online at http://www.homeboyindustries.org.

About Orion Solar Racking
Orion Solar Racking specializes in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of photovoltaic racking solutions. Since its foundation Orion has released a wide range of high-quality and innovative mounting systems. They provide roof and ground mounting solutions for residential, agriculture, industrial, government, commercial, and utility grade projects. Their mission is to promote renewable energy solutions making solar installations simple. Visit them online at http://www.orionsolarracking.com.

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 http://www.everybodysolar.org, like them at http://www.facebook.com/everybodysolar, or tweet at them at www.twitter.com/everybodysolar.

About GRID Alternatives
GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles helps low-income families save money and provides community volunteers and job seekers with hands-on experience installing solar electric systems in local neighborhoods. Since 2007, they have helped over 550 low-income families go solar throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties. Visit them online at http://www.gridalternatives.org/gla/.