By Michelle DiFrangia
Originally published on Solar Power World

Everybody Solar recently announced that Enphase Energy, a microinverter technology provider, has donated more than 100 microinverters and accessories to the Wildlife Associates project in Half Moon Bay. This in-kind donation will help significantly lower the cost of the project and pushes Everybody Solar past 18% of their fundraising goal.

“Giving back to our local community is important to Enphase and our employees,” says Jeff Loebbaka, senior vice president of global sales, marketing and support at Enphase. “Our collaborative effort with Everybody Solar will help bring clean energy to Wildlife Associates and reduce electricity costs so more resources can be directed toward the organization’s animal-care and education programs.”

“Enphase’s contribution will make a big impact on the cost and expediency of the project,” says Youness Scally, executive director of Everybody Solar. “Wildlife Associates spends over $12,000 a year on electricity as they care for their wild animals or ‘teachers’ and going solar will cut their electric expenses by 90%.”

“With Enphase’s support, the new system will be able to maximize the optimal energy harvest from each solar panel and publicly monitor energy production in real-time, making our donor dollars stretch even further,” he continues. “Wildlife Associates will be able to spend more on their programs and further educate the public about the benefits of solar energy and conservation.”

The solar array will save Wildlife Associates enough to fund their programs to teach an additional 5,000 kids each year about wildlife and science.

People looking to learn more about Wildlife Associates are invited to join Everybody Solar on an interactive tour of the facility on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Wildlife Associates Sanctuary in Half Moon Bay (map). Tickets can be reserved here. Individuals can also donate directly to the project here.