It’s a Wrap! Everybody Solar, Enphase, Mounting Systems and JinkoSolar Shine for Wildlife Associates
Volunteer Crew Goes into the Field to Complete Nonprofit Rooftop Installation
San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, CA - June 9, 2015 - Today Everybody Solar, an award-winning solar energy nonprofit, announces that it has fully installed a 27 kW solar array for fellow nonprofit Wildlife Associates. With the help of 20 employees from Enphase, JinkoSolar and Mounting Systems, three of the project sponsors, and training and supervision provided by nonprofit installer SunWork Renewable Energy Projects, the system is up and running and will produce over 40,000 kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually.
Everybody Solar announced in March that it had successfully met its fundraising goal of $78,500 to complete the project through its crowdsourcing portal, along with equipment donations of Enphase M250 inverters plus monitoring, JinkoSolar 305W modules and Mounting Systems Alpha racking. A $30,000 grant from the All Points North Foundation, a small, private foundation that supports projects that promote solar energy awareness and implementation, pushed the campaign past the finish line.
"It was truly a team effort to crowdsource the components, design, engineering, and installation of this solar project for Wildlife Associates," said Youness Scally, Executive Director of Everybody Solar. "Wildlife Associates cares for non-releasable wild animals that provide an essential community service as ‘Wild Teachers' traveling to schools and teaching kids about wildlife and natural resource conservation. Before this project, the organization would pay $9,000 a year to power its wildlife sanctuary, which houses 50 animals. With the new solar array, that amount will shrink to approximately $1,000 a year for the next 25 years. This significant savings will benefit the community and help fund future programs to make a bigger impact."
"All of us at Wildlife Associates are simply thrilled to have this magnificent solar array not only for the substantial financial savings, but also for the important educational opportunity it presents. The nearly 80,000 Bay Area students who experience our science education programs in schools each year will now learn not only about wildlife and environmental stewardship but also about clean energy and the importance of solar power," noted Bruce Holaday, Director of Wildlife Associates.
There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the scenic Wildlife Associates sanctuary on August 15, 2015 located at 1794 Higgins Canyon Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (map) to celebrate the new solar array.
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 http://www.everybodysolar.org, like them at http://www.facebook.com/everybodysolar, or tweet at them at www.twitter.com/everybodysolar.
About Wildlife Associates
Since 1980, Wildlife Associates has provided nationally acclaimed educational programs for children, families, and adults throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. At its 120-acre wildlife sanctuary in Half Moon Bay, the organization cares for more than 50 non-releasable animals that could not survive in the wild. These amazing animals take on the role of "Wild Teachers" in Wildlife Associates' educational programs. Designed to help students of all ages be scientifically literate citizens and good stewards of the earth, Wildlife Associates provides over 800 educational presentations each year. Visit them online at http://www.wildlifeassociates.org.