San Francisco, CA – October 31, 2016 – Today Everybody Solar, an award-winning solar energy nonprofit, announced that it has reached its fundraising goal to add 63 solar panels (19.5 kW) to the headquarters of Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), a nonprofit that helps homeless adults and families meet their basic needs for food, shelter, and safety and move towards stable independence.
In 2015, Everybody Solar kicked off a crowdsourced fundraising campaign to help double COTS’ existing ten year old 20 kW array, and reduce the shelter’s electricity costs by an additional $8,000 per year through solar. Everybody Solar has successfully generated over $50,000 in donations for the expanded solar energy array through generous donations from individuals, inverter manufacturer Enphase Energy, module manufacturer JinkoSolar and California solar installer Solplicity.
Volunteers began installing the solar panels at Committee on the Shelterless on Friday, October 28, 2016.
The installation is expected to take two weeks and is the first project of two that Everybody Solar is planning to complete with COTS. The solar nonprofit also plans to help COTS cover 100% of its energy costs at its permanent veteran housing facility with 27 JinkoSolar panels and Enphase micro-inverters. Everybody Solar is still in the process of raising funds for the solar array at the veterans’ housing facility, but hopes that with additional contributions they can fuel COTS’ mission with additional solar early next year. Once both systems are up and running they will produce enough clean energy annually to fully power the equivalent of seven average homes. COTS’ headquarters, the Mary Isaak Center provides 322 beds of emergency shelter and serves 120 hot meals per day, providing much needed support for Sonoma County’s families and individuals in the greatest need.
“This project embodies the true spirit of COTS collaborative vision for Sonoma County: bringing together so many wonderful community partners to expand our solar energy and virtually eliminate our electricity expenses at the Mary Isaak Center” said Mike Johnson, CEO of Committee on the Shelterless. “Our savings will be put to efficient use helping people to transform their lives and get back under roofs of their own – and maybe someday, those roofs will have solar panels too!”
Volunteers from both Enphase Energy and JinkoSolar will add their sweat and muscle to the project to go with their organizations gifts of the micro-inverters and solar modules that will power the array. Enphase Energy, which is also based out of Petaluma, California was the projects first supporter and is donating 63 of its micro-inverters to optimize and monitor the energy production of each individual panel.
“We are honored to be part of the outstanding partnership that will make a real difference in our community by adding solar to COTS,” said Pete Brown, Senior Director at Enphase Energy. “The team at Enphase is pleased to be able to donate microinverters and looks forward to helping install the solar array.”
JinkoSolar donated 212 of its high efficiency solar modules in January 2016 to help Everybody Solar cover 3 non-profit projects, including COTS, which will use 63 JinkoSolar solar panels to run the solar array being installed this week.
“It is great to see the positive effects of our module donation on the local community,” said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. “We were humbled to learn that our contribution not only helped Everybody Solar reach its crowdfunding goals, but also allowed COTS to reinvest the savings in the homeless community of Sonoma Valley.”
The project also received a major boost from solar installer Solplicity, which donated $17,100 to the project after committing to give $100 for every solar energy system they designed for customers in December 2015.
“This Solar system will save COTS on their monthly energy bills, allowing them to put more resources into helping people rebuild their lives. The team at Solplicity feels honored to be a part of helping COTS achieve their mission of helping Sonoma County’s homeless families, veterans and adults find housing for good.”
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 Committee on the Shelterless
Founded in 1988, Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) empowers Sonoma County’s homeless families, veterans, and adults to rebuild their lives and find housing. More than a shelter, we are a network of thousands of volunteers, collaborative partners, and staff that work together to provide comprehensive services that end homelessness – for good. The Mary Isaak Center, the site of the Everybody Solar project, serves over 550 adults and 15 families with shelter and transitional housing, serves 350 meals a day to hungry community members, hosts a satellite clinic of the Petaluma Health Center, and houses all of COTS’ administrative offices and transformative programs. It’s a big building with a big job to do.
About Enphase Energy
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 microinverter technology and produces the world’s only truly integrated solar plus storage solution. Enphase has shipped approximately 12 million microinverters, 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.
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 3.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3.5 GW of solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules, as of June 30, 2016. JinkoSolar also sells electricity in China, and had connected approximately 1,130 MW of solar power projects to the grid, as of June 30, 2016.
JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 6 production facilities in Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Xinjiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa; 16 overseas subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia and South Africa; and 18 global sales offices in 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 find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com
Solplicity is a growing team of passionate experts dedicated to helping homeowners live an energy efficient and sustainable life through solar, while saving them money in the process. Solplicity offers a full suite of financial options and only uses the best technology. Solplicity provides in-person smart and straightforward guidance to help homeowners select the best solar option for their home. A member of American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the privately-held company is based in Calabasas, California. For more information about Solplicity, go to www.solplicity.com
Everybody Solar Press Contact:
Youness Scally, Executive Director
JinkoSolar Press Contact:
Mr. Sebastian Liu
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Tel: +86 21 6061 1792