Redwood City, CA - May 31, 2012
Non-profit organizations Everybody Solar and Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) have launched a new effort to bring solar power to the rooftop of RTP’s Redwood City headquarters, greening the 501c(3) charity’s community focused efforts and potentially saving them several thousand dollars a year on utility costs.
Everybody Solar chose Rebuilding Together Peninsula as their first solar project because of RTP's strong impact on a disadvantaged and often over-looked community. Rebuilding Together Peninsula rehabilitates homes and community facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula for low-income homeowners and neighbors — seniors, disabled, or families — so they can live independently in warmth and safety. Once complete, the solar project will free up funds the organization currently uses to pay its utility costs, allowing them to provide more help to neighbors in need.
“We are thrilled to partner with Everybody Solar,” says Seana O'Shaughnessy, RTP Executive Director. “Incorporating green construction and energy efficient practices into our rehab projects has become one of our top priorities. With the help of Everybody Solar, we can implement these principles at our own facility. Additionally, the annual cost savings is significant — allowing us to complete more projects each year.”
Everybody Solar plans to raise the majority of the funds needed for the project, estimated at $70,000, via online donations and foundation grants. The purpose of the project is to provide RTP with a solar energy system that frees RTP’s budget from rising electricity costs and allows them to refocus those funds on the communities they serve. Everybody Solar hopes to give RTP the gift of increased sustainability in both environmental and economic terms.
“We are very excited about this project and the potential to help a great organization like Rebuilding Together Peninsula by harnessing the sun and the generosity of people everywhere who believe in a future where we are not dependent on fossil fuels” said Youness Scally, co-founder of Everybody Solar.
About Rebuilding Together Peninsula
Rebuilding Together Peninsula is a non-profit organization based in Redwood City, CA. They build volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community centers for neighbors in need. Since RTP’s founding in 1989 they have rehabilitated 1,111 homes and 320 community centers while leveraging the hard work of 79,000 volunteers. Of the over one million residents that RTP serves in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties, over 94,000 are low-income homeowners with an average annual income of $12,000. RTP is neighbor helping neighbor – people helping people – one community at a time. Visit them online at http://www.rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org
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.