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A collection of notable moments in our work to help local communities and reduce our society's reliance on fossil fuels.  

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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.

homeboyexteriorhqKCET - September 16th, 2013
Los Angeles-based alternative rockers Trapdoor Social have a reputation for environmental consciousness, ever since way back in 2011 when the band's principals Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk met while taking environmental studies courses at Pomona College.


So it's no surprise that the two would come up with a green-leaning way to promote their forthcoming album. But rather than offering their crowdsource patrons some green-tinged swag and calling it a day, Graves and Funk decided to use their promotional efforts to create some of what the marketing folks might call synergy.

home girl_jamEcoSolargy Blog - September 5th, 2013
A couple weeks back, I was at a government contracting meeting at Los Angeles City Hall.  Due to lovely LA traffic and scheduling, I didn’t have time for lunch #ABitPeckish.  Fearing I would have to sit through a 3-hour meeting without sustenance, I heard wonderful news of a diner downstairs.  

rtp ribbon_cuttingSan Francisco - July 19, 2013

RTP cuts ribbon on new 22 kW solar energy system

Everybody Solar announced today that it has completed its inaugural solar project – a 21.5 kW system on the roof of Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP). More than 40 community members, including State Senator Jerry Hill and San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum, were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the solar array which will save RTP over $8,000 annually. 

HBIAugust 5, 2013
Los Angeles-based band Trapdoor Social, the Sierra Club and energy leaders Everybody Solar and GRID Alternatives team up to provide Solar Panels for non-profit Homeboy Industries.

Appreciating that social responsibility is one of the benefits of playing popular music, Los Angeles-based band Trapdoor Social has teamed up with two outstanding energy leaders, Everybody Solar and GRID Alternatives, to install solar panels on a Los Angeles inner-city, Homeboy Industries building.

solRenewable Energy World - July 12th, 2013
In developed nations, we see solar power as an alternative to conventional energy and a way to fight climate change. But in poor countries solar reveals itself as even more — as a way out of some of the world's darkest humanitarian problems.

For those of us who live in communities traversed by power lines, it's hard to imagine life without electricity. But large swaths of the globe remain without this modern necessity. About one-fifth of the world, or 1.3 to 1.6 billion people, live in energy poverty, mostly in sub-Sahara Africa and parts of Asia, and to a smaller extent in Latin America and the Middle East.

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volSolar Mosaic - June 27th, 2013
What does it take to cook up a community solar project? A dash of crowdfunding, a pinch of grassroots outreach, and a generous helping of persistence.

That’s the word from San Francisco nonprofits RE-volv and Everybody Solar, who have shown with their first projects that they have viable recipes for crowdfunded solar installations. Founders Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally joined me in this video to talk about their successful launches.

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