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Sunwork Renewable Energy Projects

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Causes: Education, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Philanthropy, Technology, Vocational & Technical Schools, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: SunWork installs solar electricity systems on small-energy-footprint homes with the help of trained volunteers. SunWork's innovative model lets it deliver solar power to homeowners with already modest electricity use (and correspondingly low electricity bills) at a third less than the conventional cost, allowing more people to make the switch to solar and enabling broader adoption of this clean, safe, and renewable alternative to the sources of energy that contribute to climate change. SunWork also installs solar systems for other nonprofit organizations to help minimize energy costs and protect against rising energy bills. SunWork takes care of every aspect of a solar installation, from site analysis and system design, to permitting and rebate paperwork, to installation, inspection, and continued support. SunWork is deeply committed to creating a safe, energetic, enjoyable, and meaningful experience for its volunteers, and to achieving the highest standard of quality and convenience for its customers. SunWork pushes to change the shape of our energy landscape, and to change the pervasive feeling that the environmental problems humanity faces are too big to be within the power of individuals to meaningfully impact. SunWork also installs solar on small nonprofit buildings.

Results: Over 150 installations saving over 450 tons of CO2 pollution each year

Target demographics: the environment and provide solar job training

Direct beneficiaries per year: 120 home owners and 3 nonprofit organizations go solar

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Alameda counties in California

Programs: Solar Renewable Energy Projects: Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, SunWork's team train volunteers to help install solar electric systems, and work along side these volunteers to carry out installations for a minimal cost. By accomplishing these installations more economically, SunWork and the people who volunteer with it will allow more people to afford these systems, spreading this cleaner, renewable alternative to the sources of energy that contribute to climate change. SunWork installs system for home owners with a small electric bill where solar has a longer payback. We also install system for small nonprofit organizations.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sunwork has contributed greatly to clean energy generation, training the green workforce, and spreading the word about improving energy efficiency as a prerequisite to installing solar PV. Staff and management are committed, educated, skilled, and passionate about the environment. Go Team!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SunWork's Operations Director, Reuben, is compassionate about solar, an excellent teacher and an effective leader. I have been through the training and have helped on at least 4 jobs. Some of SunWorks volunteers come from Classes at Skyline College. This includes me and at least 3 or 4 others who went on to employment in the Solar industry. SunWork fills a void in the Solar Industry as a non-profit that focuses on helping low energy users and other non-profits go solar while promoting; Environmental Health, (by producing power from the sun vs coal or other non-sustainable fuels), and Economic prosperity along with Social Equity, (by providing hands-on training to individuals looking for a career in the Solar Industry. Tell your friends about SunWork!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sunwork is an incredible organization that is putting solar on rooftops and is also training people how to do this important work. Sunwork makes renewable energy work for those people and communities that aren't supported by traditional solar installers. Sunwork is doing a great job for the communities it serves.