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.”