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Everybody Solar

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment

Mission: Everybody Solar works to protect the environment and strengthen U.S. communities through solar energy projects. By providing solar power to local charities we help them reduce electricity costs and direct their limited resources to the communities they serve.

Results: Since our inception, we have helped seven nonprofit organizations convert to solar energy (at eight sites): Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Wildmind Science Learning, the Sciencenter, Social Advocates for Youth, Committee on the Shelterless (Mary Isaac Center & Veterans home), Homeboy Industries, and the One Spirit Allen Youth Center. Together these projects have enabled us to install over 127 kilowatts (kW) of solar energy. This was done with the help of hundreds of donors and the support of community-oriented foundations, sponsors, and our partners. The 100 kW’s of solar energy translates into preventing greenhouse gas emissions from 61 passenger vehicles driven, or the electricity use of 43 homes, for one year. Likewise, this 127 kW’s offsets the equivalent carbon dioxide as sequestered by 7,348 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

Target demographics: Nonprofits and the environment thrive

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 nonprofits, serving over 750 homeless veterans and at risk-youth

Geographic areas served: Across the U.S.

Programs: Installing solar on the rooftops of nonprofits.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Leah Hess V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Collaborating with Everybody Solar has been a huge gift to our community in Boise, Idaho. Our local social enterprise, Empowered Solar, had done pro bono design for a photovoltaic system for Boise Bicycle Project’s (BBP) remodel, but in the end, the solar portion of the project didn’t make the final budget and was relegated indefinitely to the “nonprofit wish list.” Even a sustainability-oriented Community Benefit Organization (CBO) such as BBP—with a handful of office staff and decent revenue generated from memberships and bike sales—could not find a way to dedicate enough fundraising resources to a project of this size and cost. Empowered Solar was able to offer design and labor, but like BBP, we did not have the staff solely to raise the money for all the panels and equipment. In a last-ditch effort before shelving the project, I came across Everybody Solar in my search for a funder that would be our solar jackpot—and we won!

When I found Everybody Solar online and read that their mission is to fund solar projects for organizations like BBP, I was astounded! This model represents everything that is right in the CBO sector—multiple players coming together across sectors to contribute to a solution that is greater than the sum of its parts. Providing organizations with clean energy translates directly into economic security for their operation, more of their resources invested back in their communities, and environmental benefits for all.

We are so grateful to Everybody Solar for their grand vision and steadfast commitment. Working with Myriam throughout the entire process was a fantastic experience. She was extremely responsive, easy to work with while coordinating a lot of moving parts, and patient as we went through permitting, utilities, local government to complete the installation. This project came to fruition because of Everybody Solar and Boise will reap the benefits for years to come. The Everybody Solar team has inspired people in our city and beyond to invest in solar solutions and offers everyone a way to participate in building a better future. We’re honored to have had the pleasure of working with them on this project and excited to see their operation grow!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with Everybody Solar to install solar arrays and educational exhibits in museums in Ithaca, NY and Eugene, OR. They are a wonderful organization with a passion for helping other non-profits have a bigger impact on their communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I originally got interested in Everybody Solar when I learned they had completed a solar project for the local science museum I take my children too in Ithaca, NY.

I have since gotten involved with Everybody Solar as a board member. I love the mission and I am pleased to be able to help them bring other projects to other worthy non-profits.

We are currently partnering with both the YMCA and a National Park, in addition to several smaller nonprofits. "Everybody" solar means both large nationwide organizations and small local agencies throughout the US.

Andy L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering for Everybody Solar was fantastic. My project was based around developing a series of press releases. During that time I learned about their mission. How cool is it to use solar power to help other nonprofits? I hope that nonprofits in my home state (Washington) will work with them in the future.

Andy

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was great working with Everybody Solar. They helped us with the fundraising for the solar array we just installed at the Boise Bicycle project. As soon as were got in touch with them they were eager to help us tackle the most challenging portion of the project. We couldn't have completed our installation with out them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar continues to be an excellent non-profit that deploys valuable solar energy projects to non-profits on time and above expectations, all while doing it on a shoe string budget for overhead costs. I've enjoyed playing a small part in the growth of this organization over the past few years and am looking forward to seeing more great solar projects deployed into the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since their creation in 2011, I have been volunteering for Everybody Solar as a secretary, because of their great concept. They are doing a double impact on bettering our world by:
1) helping nonprofits go solar, thus enabling them to save money on their electricity bills. This saved money allows the nonprofits to dedicate more of their funds to help their communities.
2) by helping replace regular produced electricity by solar energy, Everybody Solar prevents the release of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere, thus contributing in the fight against Global Warming.
I know first hand that Everybody Solar' staff is consecrating numerous unpaid hours to achieve their goals, and can only admire their dedication!



Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first attracted to Everybody Solar because of their double level of impact:
1) Enable nonprofits to invest more of their resources in their core efforts by reducing their energy costs
2) Reduce these costs by providing them with an environmentally sustainable energy source

What's kept me engaged is the diligence with which the Everybody Solar team vets potential nonprofits, coordinates the logistics, and raises the funds to make this vision a working reality. It is very impressive, and I look forward to being a part of its efforts to scale.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did some volunteer copywriting for Everybody Solar - I really enjoyed my experience working with them. Myriam was my point of contact and she was professional, thorough, kind, and easy to work with. Everybody Solar's work is also creatively and effectively solving problems for other great organizations in a really powerful way. I would highly recommend working with them and helping their unique cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar has a great mission and even greater people behind it. I have been volunteering with them for the last few months and it has been a great experience. They are organized and very on top of their day-to-day. They are successfully helping a number of nonprofits save money by going solar and are constantly adding to that number by partnering with more nonprofits across the country. I truly believe they are helping build a better future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar raised the funds to help put solar power on two buildings on Pine Ridge Reservation. Now they are working with us to put up a solar field that will provide power and lower electric bills for everybody on the Reservation. They are an amazing organization to work with and they accomplish results.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been working with Everybody Solar for several years. They have installed solar on both the Youth Center and The Buffalo House (A meat processing facility) on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota . We are now working toward solar power for the entire Reservation. Pine Ridge is the poorest place in the US and the installation of solar power will allow the 40,000 people who live there to have affordable electricity and heat all year round where currently a large portion of the population spends some period of time during the winter without those necessary utilities.
Everybody solar is an amazing organization with fantastic people to work with. The goals of the organization benefit the recipients of solar power and also our environment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Director of a non-profit that works with the Lakota on Pine Ridge Reservation. We are working with Everybody Solar to install solar on both the Youth Center and the meat processing plant known as The Buffalo House. Both of these facilities were recently built with Lakota Labor and funds raised by One Spirit. Everybody Solar has been fantastic to work with to find funds and install solar on both buildings thus making these facilities much more energy efficient and financially feasible for the Tribe and the community to support going forward. Pine Ridge is the poorest place in the US but it is inhabited by people with great heart and determination. Everybody Solar has worked diligently to find funds and to work with the Lakota people to make solar possible. The installation of solar will serve as a model for all buildings to enhance efficiency and to protect the environment.
I can't begin to say enough good things about Everybody Solar people, their diligence, their ability to get things done, their determination to spread solar as far as possible and protect the earth. It is pure pleasure to work with them.

Robert Tempchin

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outstanding. Youness and his staff work really hard finding eligible charities with buildings that could benefit from solar power, raising funds and then coordinating the install. Helping small charities get off the grid and promoting clean energy at the same time is a win-win. They keep costs low and everything is done with maximum transparency.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar has exceeded my expectations in every way. When founder Youness Scally first told me his idea for a solar power charity I wondered if he had any idea how much work it would be. I sure didn't, and I don't think he did either, but two years later he has taken Everybody Solar from a dream to a real living nonprofit, doing great things and well on the way to funding its first big solar installation. As a board member I have been impressed at every turn with the level of transparency and longterm thinking in the organization's decision making process, and at the passion of the volunteers for the group's mission to bring clean renewable energy independence to those who need it most. I expect to see big things from Everybody Solar for many many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar is responsive, organized, and driven by their mission to lower costs for non-profits by donating solar PV systems. It's great to see how communities support thier projects!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar has helped our Youth Center, which is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, to acquire Solar Panels. These panels will cut down on our Electricity bills and allow our limited funding to go further. We have been greatly blessed. May God Bless Everybody Solar and help them to continue to positively affect Communities in need. Everybody Solar is awesome!!!!! Thank you. ALLEN YOUTH CENTER

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've worked with Everybody Solar for a number of years. They have a great mission and have made such a difference to us here at the Sciencenter - funding for solar panels and help with an exhibit on solar power.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I got involved with Everybody Solar six years ago, I knew it would be a fulfilling experience, but I didn't realize just how rewarding it would be for me. We've brought solar energy to numerous nonprofits, from Homeboy Industries (which gets jobs for ex-cons and gives them a second chance) to the Committee on the Shelterless (which provides homes for our veterans). I'm looking forward to continuing to reduce the burden of energy expenses for nonprofits that are helping our communities become stronger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked alongside Youness and the rest of the Everybody Solar staff since the founding of this nonprofit, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the constant challenge to bring renewable energy to other nonprofits throughout California. By giving the gift of solar energy to these entities, they can devote even more of their precious resources to helping their local communities while simultaneously helping the environment. I look forward to helping many nonprofits to receive solar energy in the years to come!

Brion H.

Donor

Rating: 5

The ES team is super responsive and passionate about helping other nonprofits. I love the work they do, and hope they can continue to grow and help the environment.

jennymargalit

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have brought solar to so many incredible non-profits! They have excellent customer service and work so hard for such a small team.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar impresses me over and over again. The idea and organization is extremely innovative, practical, and exactly the kind of impact our community needs. I am so impressed with our staff, who are all volunteers. They are all extremely personable, dedicated, and talented making the mission of Everybody Solar possible and real. Bringing solar to community based organizations is a multi-facted approach to ending many of the ills that modern society faces. It is through the passion, creativity, and dedication of a team like Everybody Solar's that necessary change will come about our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Everybody Solar when I was looking for a way to help fight climate change. What I found was really a win-win organization. Everybody Solar helps other non-profits install solar energy; resulting in a reduced carbon footprint (for all of us) and savings for the non-profit to use to meet its mission. As I said, win-win.
The organization is very well run and almost entirely by volunteers, so its administrative overhead is extremely low. It partners with other organizations whenever possible to make sure that the solar installations are cost effective. I will keep donating to Everybody Solar and encourage others to do so as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar is doing an outstanding job both in going out of its way to help non-profits get energy efficient, and thus save precious dollars . This enables those non-profits to provide more services to their communities.
By the same process, Everybody Solar does its part in working toward saving nature from pollution by allowing non-profits to use clean energy.
Way to go Everybody Solar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I really love about Everybody Solar is that it is a great group of people, and all of us are working together strictly as volunteers. We wouldn't be doing this if we didn't believe in it, and I know that my contributions make a difference. This is something that can directly impact my local community, and I truly believe that organizations like ours, which aim to grow solar power and make it even more affordable and available, will be the way to successfully build a clean-energy future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar is an organization with dedicated leadership and a passionate team of volunteers. From its inception, I have seen Everybody Solar's commitment to its mission and long-term vision. I applaud its level of transparency and its continued involvement in the community. I look forward to seeing all the great things Everybody Solar will do in the years to come!

Kevin47

Donor

Rating: 5

Most people have a desire to change the world for the better, but few people I know actually follow through with their ideas.

I've seen Everybody Solar take their noble goal (offset the cost of electricity to non-profit organizations by installing solar panels on their buildings) and put in the hard, humbling work to close in on delivering their first solar install. It's pretty awesome.

Knowing founder Youness for more than a decade, the way the Org is run proved to me what I knew all along; the team is plenty capable of delivering on their dream. Go Everybody Solar!

dylannord

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar has dedicated themselves to making connections at the intersection of sustainable energy and the nonprofit community. It's a wonderful marriage, and affords nonprofit organizations the opportunity to fulfill their roles as thought leaders, first movers, changers, and innovators.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Everybody Solar was founded on a simple idea, getting solar to non-profits that are already doing good for local communities. I am proud to be a supporter of this endeavor and look forward to seeing the positive outcomes Everybody Solar has as it helps these non-profits reduce their electricity costs.

Liz_22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a big fan of Everybody Solar and the work they do. They really are changing the noprofit model and helping worthwhile organizations eliminate (what in my opinion are) exorbitant electricity costs. The team is also sharp and passionate about their cause - a winning combination!

Rachel66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everybody Solar is changing the way the solar and nonprofit industries work together. By making solar energy accessible to underfunded charitable organizations they help both disadvantaged US communities and the environment. A great organization that I highly recommend for both volunteering and donations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Everybody Solar is a great example of a nonprofit helping other nonprofits. They are helping to create a vertous cycle by raising funds for solar installations that will help nonprofits reduce their energy bills and create more clean energy.