Enphase Energy Joins Philanthropic Partnership with Brian D. Robertson Fund to Raise Solar Awareness at U.S. Schools
Company will donate microinverter systems to nonprofit in support of K-12 solar education program
PETALUMA, Calif.--Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), announced today a charitable partnership with the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund (BDR Fund) to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in over 25 schools across the nation at the K-12 level. Enphase's donation will contribute to the fund's goal of installing 20,000 solar PV systems to U.S. schools by the year 2020, bringing solar awareness and education to young children.
"Enphase believes educating the public about solar is crucial to the success of the emerging clean energy economy," said Paul Nahi, CEO of Enphase. "We are proud to partner with the BDR Fund, which does a commendable job of putting solar in the classroom, both as an educational tool and a source of clean power."
Local environmental nonprofit and youth charity Climate Circle completed the first joint BDR Fund-Enphase PV installation in April 2014 at the Josephine Locke Elementary School in downtown Chicago.
The next phase of the partnership calls for Enphase to donate up to 100 microinverters and 25 Envoy communication gateway devices for small educational PV systems at approximately 25 schools this year alone. The BDR Fund will identify and select the recipient schools, handling all installation logistics.
"The generosity of donors such as Enphase has allowed us to reach thousands of schoolchildren and promote renewable energy education," said Yolanda Seabrooks, program director of the BDR Fund. "We look forward to expanding our partnership with Enphase and increasing solar awareness among the nation's youth."
Once deployed by the BDR Fund installer partners, the solar systems' visibility helps educate not only students but also teachers, parents and community about the benefits of solar energy. Teachers at schools with Enphase systems will also be able to include relevant ‘hands-on' solar data in their curriculum by using the proprietary Enlighten monitoring software.
The BDR Fund completed 21 installations and has an additional 35 projects in the pipeline. Furthermore, the organization is currently discussing new solar projects at school districts in Maryland, New York, Colorado and the District of Columbia.
About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry that increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a platform for intelligent energy management. Our semiconductor-based microinverter system converts energy at the individual solar module level and brings a systems-based, high technology approach to solar energy generation. Connect with Enphase on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. www.enphase.com
About the Brian D. Robertson (BDR) Memorial Solar Schools Fund (BDR Fund)
Named after the late Brian Robertson, one of the pioneers of the U.S. solar industry, the BDR Fund is a project of The Solar Foundation. It is a highly ambitious project that aims to get solar on 20,000 schools by 2020 while utilizing donated equipment and volunteer labor. BDR has received support for its 2020 Vision for Solar in America from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The BDR Fund, along with The Solar Foundation, co-chairs the National Solar Schools Consortium, a group of stakeholders seeking to make solar a larger part of the national K-12 system.
About The Solar Foundation
The Solar Foundation® (TSF) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to increase understanding of solar energy through strategic research that educates the public and transforms markets. Since 2010, TSF has published its annual National Solar Jobs Census, which established the first credible solar jobs base line for the U.S. The Solar Foundation is considered the nation's authority on the solar labor force and advises many organizations on the topic. TSF is also a leading provider of educational materials on the economic impact of solar for local governments through its work with the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Outreach Partnership. Over the past year, TSF and its research partners have been building the most comprehensive database to date of K-12 schools with solar. The full database and an associated report will be released on September 18. For more information visit: www.thesolarfoundation.org.