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Solar Nonprofit RE-volv trains university students in 10 states to crowdfund solar projects for four nonprofits this Earth Day

San Francisco, CA – April 22nd, 2019 – RE-volv, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. They announced this Earth Day the launch of four new solar crowdfunding campaigns spearheaded by local college students. They are in California, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. The projects will bring the power and benefits of solar energy to local nonprofits. They are East End Community Services in Dayton, OH, Primates Inc. in Westfield, WI, the University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Student Housing Co-op in Isla Vista, CA, and the VFW Post 10420 in Murrells Inlet, SC. As a result, the four nonprofits will benefit from the solar campaigns. Therefore all play critical roles in their community.

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Students Running the Campaign

In addition, UCSB Housing Co-op provides inclusive, low-rent housing and community space. Space for all students. Similarly, VFW Post 10420 is instrumental in helping the brave men and women who served in the armed forces acclimate to civilian life. Primates Inc. also provides a sanctuary for primates used in medical testing facilities. Also, East End Community services provide a full range of services. All to help people move out of poverty.

So the students running the campaigns are fellows in RE-volv’s Solar Ambassador program. It’s a year-long fellowship that provides valuable career skills to college students by training them to bring solar to nonprofits in their communities. Over 120 students from 11 universities in ten states. All are, therefore, fellows in the program this school year.

solar panels on a roof

From Cyclone Idai, the largest tropical storm ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere, to flooding in the midwest that has caused billions of dollars in damage, the frequency of catastrophic climate change events is reaching dangerous new levels. With an increase in climate-related disasters, the movement for clean energy and sustainable solutions is also reaching an all-time high in popularity, from the Green New Deal to the Youth Climate Strike that saw millions of youth marching for climate solutions. From cities around the US pledging 100% renewable energy goals, the environmental movement is reaching and activating new communities around the globe.

In conclusion, an estimated 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. face financial barriers to obtaining solar power. That’s because they do not qualify for solar tax credits or are too small to attract traditional financiers.

These nonprofits miss out on the financial benefits of solar, which they could use to further support the communities they serve. RE-volv’s model helps bridge this funding gap for organizations that provide valuable public services to vulnerable communities, including homeless shelters, schools, community centers, and houses of worship.

Finally, you can support these student-led campaigns or learn more about them by visiting:

Source: RE-volv

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