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1. Identify nonprofits and low-income households that would benefit from solar power.

2. Complete an energy audit on the home or building.

3. Identify cost-effective improvements through which energy efficiency could be enhanced.

4. Implement energy-efficiency improvements to the building with the help of volunteer labor.

5. Find a solar installer to manage the project start to finish.

6. Assess energy demand and design an appropriately sized solar energy system.

7. Fundraise.

  • Identify sponsors and affinity groups.
  • Establish a Solar Seed Fund.
  • Identify financing options.
Mayor of Harrisonburg Deanna Reed assisting volunteers with installation.
Mayor of Harrisonburg, Deanna Reed, assisting volunteers with solar installation.

8. Solar barn raising.

  • Recruit volunteers.
  • Give volunteers orientation.
  • Hold solar barn raising.
Drone shot of solar panels.

9. Flip-the-switch ceremony

  • Connect the solar array to the grid
  • Invite supporters to flip the switch and turn on the power of the sun!

If you know of a nonprofit that would benefit from GiveSolar, please contact Jeff Heie, [email protected] or 540-656-6841.