Central Valley Habitat for Humanity
In October of 2020, GiveSolar was invited to partner with Central Valley Habitat for Humanity. The initial goal of this collaboration was to create a pilot project that demonstrates how to make solar accessible to low-income households. Our pilot project was a duplex in Broadway, Virginia. With the support of Green Hill Solar, we installed two 3.78 kilowatt solar systems on the duplex in February 2021. Through community crowdfunding, we raised over $10,000 to fully fund these solar arrays. Based on the success of the pilot project, the Central Valley Habitat board of directors voted to support the establishment of a revolving Solar Seed Fund. The fundraising goal for this project was $100K. Once achieved, the Solar Seed Fund will pay for solar systems on all new Habitat homes that have a roofline appropriate for solar. Homeowners will repay a portion of the cost of the solar systems over the term of their mortgage, thereby regenerating the fund for future solar installations. Between Feb. and Nov. of 2021, GiveSolar raised $127,000 thanks to outstanding community support. As of Nov. 2023, the Solar Seed Fund has made solar accessible to nine families in Central Valley Habitat service territory.
Give Solar installed a 25 kilowatt solar system at Gemeinschaft Home in June 2019. The mission of Gemeinschaft Home is to provide cutting-edge therapeutic services to nonviolent offenders who have been released or diverted from incarceration in support of a transition to healthy community living.
Our Community Place
Give Solar installed a 17.4 kilowatt solar system on November 8, 2018, at Our Community Place (OCP), a social services nonprofit in Harrisonburg. On December 3, 2018, the system was turned on and has been soaking up the sun and producing electricity ever since.
Gift & Thrift solar barn raising
The first project of Give Solar featured a solar “barn raising” at the Gift & Thrift store in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Secure Futures and members of the community came together to support the nonprofit, installing solar panels on the roof of the building.
Gift & Thrift Solar Barn Raising Time Lapse & Related Videos
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Our Community Place (November 8, 2018)
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