Petaluma, CA – What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than by bringing solar to veterans? Everybody Solar has partnered again with Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) to help them bring solar to their veterans home. This 8kW system will allow COTS to redirect limited funding to their programming – helping more people and families out of homelessness.
This project, combined with the 19.5 kW system installed last November at the Mary Isaac Center, will save COTS an estimated $11,400 annually. The reduction in expenses for electricity will greatly impact COTS, since private donors often want to see their contributions go directly toward the organization’s programs, said Mike Johnson, COTS CEO. COTS provides housing for hundreds of homeless people on an emergency and long-term basis, as well as a variety of health care, career, food, and other supportive programs.
The environmental impact isn’t too shabby either! The solar systems will offset 105,695 lbs. of CO2 per year — the equivalent of planting 1,333 trees, filling about 3¼ football fields. That’s a lot to celebrate.
The two campaigns cost $74,850 to achieve, and are the result of fundraising efforts conducted by Everybody Solar, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on providing solar to other nonprofit organizations. Contributors included JinkoSolar – Everybody Solar’s official module sponsor — Petaluma’s Enphase Energy, a number of private donors, and installation volunteers.
Workers will be putting finishing touches on the solar installation just in time for the summer solstice. “We couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate the longest day of the year than by getting a solar system in place to help homeless veterans,” said Everybody Solar’s Executive Director, Youness Scally.
“In addition, this project may even inspire more veterans to join the solar workforce,” said Scally. With the solar industry having nearly 1,000 new jobs available weekly and projects like Solar Ready Vets still expanding, the possibilities are great. Scally noted that according to The Solar Foundation, there are already over “16,835 U.S. veterans working at solar establishments across the United States, exceeding the percentage of veterans in the broader U.S. workforce.”
After this final installation, Everybody Solar and COTS are planning a ribbon cutting at the Mary Isaac Center on August 5th 2017, at 11 am. “We would love for the community to come and see first-hand what their donations have helped create,” Scally said.
About Everybody Solar
Everybody Solar is a nonprofit 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 follow at them at www.twitter.com/everybodysolar.
About Committee on the Shelterless
Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) provides life-saving shelter and transformative programs to families, children and adults in Sonoma County, California. The organization provides 322 beds of emergency shelter, both transitional and permanent housing, and serves 120 hot meals per day. All of these services take a lot of energy to keep running. Visit them online at http://www.cots-homeless.org/.
About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 5.0GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 4.0GW for solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2016.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 6 productions facilities in Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Xinjiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, and 15 overseas subsidiaries across Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa. JinkoSolar has 18 global sales offices across China (2), United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. To learn more, please visit: www.jinkosolar.com
About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company, delivers smart, easy-to- use solutions that connect solar generation, storage and management on one intelligent platform. The company revolutionized solar with its micro-inverter technology and produces the world’s only truly integrated solar plus storage solution. Enphase has shipped approximately 12 million micro-inverters, and more than 500,000 Enphase residential and commercial systems have been deployed in more than 100 countries. Visit www.enphase.com for more information.