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American Red CrossAmerican Red Cross - September 24, 2014
The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter will honor recipients of the 2014 San Francisco County Heroes Awards at a breakfast on September 25, 2014 at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. This annual Heroes Breakfast recognizes local individuals and organizations that make a difference in their community through acts of extraordinary courage and kindness.

Community Service Hero, Organization: Everybody Solar - Youness Scally

Anabelle teaching kids about the environmentPVSolarReport - September 5, 2014
We all know that solar power confers many benefits, both financial and environmental. San Francisco-based nonprofit Everybody Solar takes that a step further by crowdfunding solar projects for nonprofit groups that traditionally can’t afford or finance solar. That allows the nonprofits to put more resources into their mission.

For its latest project, Everybody Solar is compounding these benefits by using solar power to help care for animals at a wildlife sanctuary.

homeboysolarPV Solar Report - May 22, 2014
“It takes the hood to save the hood” states a large billboard near the corner of Van Ness and Market in San Francisco. The quote comes from Rudy Corpuz Jr. -- an ex-felon turned community activist -- who emphasizes that saving the hood requires love and understanding of the kids in the hood. The solution starts with good education.

CleanTechnica - March 28, 2014
The nonprofit sector would seem to represent a natural fit for the solar revolution. While they’re fulfilling their missions, why shouldn’t they help the environment, too, by going green – not to mention giving a boost, by cutting energy costs, to their own bottom lines?

disruptionSecond Silicon - March 2, 2014
Episode 23 of Disruption: Solar Energy

On this podcast, host Roger Willhite speaks with Youness Scally to discuss his Bay Area nonprofit Everybody Solar. Listeners learn how this organization is helping nonprofits reduce their electric bills by helping them go solar so that they, in turn, can use more of their resources to meet their charitable goals.

Listen to the podcast.

younessThe Energy Collective - January 24, 2014
Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally, founders of RE-volv and Everybody Solar, have been busy. Since founding their solar crowdfunding nonprofits in 2011, they’ve shown that their ideas are more than just ideas by making actual projects happen.

A lot has happened since Rosana Francescato spoke with Scally and Karelas last summer about their successful launches. Both organizations completed their first projects last year and are on to the next ones. 

its-a-wonderful-life-smallCleanTechnica - December 19th, 2013
Whether it’s a solar array that helps a charity organization focus more on its mission by eliminating its electric bill, or a lamp that helps a child in a remote village do his/her homework at night for the first time, the gift of solar endures.


Thanks to new financing options and lower material costs, solar has been growing like crazy and helping middle class families across the country save for retirement and college funds. However, it still is just out of reach for most charities and nonprofits.While a solar array pays for itself many times over and charities are great at cutting costs to improve operations, non-profits are often cut off from financing options that would allow them to benefit from solar.

homeboysolarSolar Power World - November 14th, 2013
It’s clear that solar can provide clean energy, but stopping gang violence doesn’t always make its list of benefits. Still, interestingly enough, an organization called Homeboy Industries is using solar to do just that.


The organization 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.

orion-solar-rackingLos Angeles, CA - November 13th, 2013

Leading Solar Racking Provider Helps Charity Organization Stop LA Gangs with Solar Power

Today Everybody Solar announces that the LA-based company Orion Solar Racking has donated a complete set of mounting materials to the Homeboy Industries solar project. This in-kind donation will help lower the cost of the project to be installed by GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles, pushing them past the halfway point of their fundraising goal.


trapdoorRenewable Energy World - Sept. 17th, 2013
Solar nonprofit and indie rock band join forces to fight crime in Los Angeles: sounds like a movie plot. But this month, clean energy groups Everybody Solar and GRID Alternatives and the band Trapdoor Social have teamed up to help Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit which stops recidivism among former gang members, to go solar. The band is donating all the proceeds from their album’s presale to fund this unique and socially responsible project through the online crowdfunding site Pledge Music.

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