Everybody Solar has developed a unique and innovative giving strategy. They have partnered with Trapdoor Social, an LA-based alternative rock band, to give small gifts for each donation made to the Homeboy Industries project. Everybody Solar uses donations to fund solar system installations for nonprofits, enabling them to more effectively support our communities. The fundraising efforts are also being supported by the Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign, and the installation is being handled by GRID Alternatives.
“This project, a sustainable partnership with Trapdoor Social, Everybody Solar and GRID brings awareness about renewable energy,” said Father Greg Boyle, Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries. “We are grateful to be the beneficiaries. With the installation of the solar panels at Homeboy Industries, we reduce our energy costs, promote Homeboy’s Solar Panel Installation Training and Certification Program, and the hope is we get more people involved in our training program, completing the courses, passing the national test and eventually working in the solar panel installation industry.”
The original goal for the Homeboy Industries project was a 4.5 kW solar system, but this in-kind donation now allows them to utilize all their available roof space. A larger system means more resources will be used toward their mission. Homeboy Industries operates the nation's’ largest gang intervention program, providing “formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs” while operating “seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites” according to their website.
“We’re excited to partner with Everybody Solar and GRID Alternatives on their first Southern California project,” says Alan Lee, CEO of ecoSolargy. “Solar is a gift that keeps on giving, reducing operating costs for decades. We’ve worked with GRID in the past and jumped on this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to service. After working with many nonprofits in 2013, we look forward to beginning the new year with these diverse organizations.”
ecoSolargy is an American-owned solar solutions provider headquartered in Irvine, CA. ecoSolargy offers cutting-edge solar solutions which deliver affordable, clean, renewable energy to businesses and homes. The company’s evolution from solar module manufacturer to comprehensive solar solutions provider reflects the expanding needs of contractors, project developers, and building owners. Their first annual corporate social responsibility report will be published in early 2014 and innovative strategies to assist our local communities and expand the use of solar by nonprofits are in progress. For more information about ecoSolargy, please visit http://www.ecosolargy.com and blog at http://www.ecosolargy.com/
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 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 athttp://www.everybodysolar.org, like them at http://www.facebook.com/
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/
To learn more about this project, please contact:
Alex Deeter, Outreach Coordinator
8835 Research Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618
Office: (949) 777-6090