Jinko Solar And Everybody Solar: Illuminating Lives One Panel At A Time – KHTS Radio

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As ongoing energy shortages continue to leave gas and electricity prices uncertain, energy insecurity is becoming more and more common, especially among our most vulnerable populations and the organizations that serve them.

According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, energy costs are the second-highest operational cost of American nonprofit organizations, with many organizations unable to improve their energy efficiency due to financial constraints. With energy costs likely to increase in the foreseeable future, many are looking for a means to transition to renewable energy, and Jinko Solar’s collaboration with Everybody Solar is providing just that.

As a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of solar panels and storage, Jinko Solar is committed to supporting the global transition to renewable energy, particularly within vulnerable communities that tend to be disproportionately impacted by the benefits of solar. 

In 2013, the company partnered with Everybody Solar, a San Francisco-based charitable organization that provides funding and support to nonprofits interested in solar energy. Everybody Solar coordinates and fully funds solar projects through fundraising and sponsorships and has collaborated with Jinko Solar to provide renewable energy for a variety of invaluable organizations.

“JinkoSolar has been one of Everybody Solar’s greatest supporters since our founding, and we are proud to partner with them as our primary [photovoltaic] module provider,” said Youness Scally, executive director, and co-founder of Everybody Solar in a press release about the partnership.

As of today, this collaboration has sprouted over 180 kilowatts in solar installations in support of nonprofits aiding vulnerable populations throughout the country. Here’s an overview of just some of the powerful projects that Jinko Solar and Everybody Solar have collaborated on throughout the years.

Jinko Solar and Everybody Solar: A Look Through a Powerful Partnership 

Wildlife Associates, the Ithaca Sciencenter, the Committee on the Shelterless, the Lakota Tribe’s Pine Ridge Reservation, and the St. Johns Housing Partnership are a few of the deserving nonprofits Jinko Solar has assisted.

While Jinko has been in partnership with Everybody Solar since its inaugural project, one of their earliest large-scale collaborations came in 2015 when Jinko Solar donated 90 high-efficiency solar modules to support a 27-kilowatt solar array for Wildlife Associates, an animal sanctuary and educational organization in California’s Bay Area.

This donation has allowed Wildlife Associates to expand its conservation and education activities by reducing its electricity costs by 90%, and it will generate over $150,000 worth of electricity over the course of 20 years.

“It is with great pleasure that we renew our partnership with Everybody Solar for this notable cause. Their ongoing efforts to service the community while bringing sustainable energy to the forefront are truly commendable,” Nigel Cockroft, general manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.), said about the project. “We are humbled that our contribution will benefit Wildlife Associates, an organization both close to our home and heart.”

Ithaca Sciencenter and COTS 

2016 marked a major collaborative year for Jinko Solar and Everybody Solar when Jinko donated 212 solar modules for three nonprofit instillation projects, including a 15-kilowatt system for the Sciencenter of Ithaca, New York, and a 27-kilowatt system for the Committee on the Shelterless, a Sonoma, California-based homeless shelter.

By providing the Sciencenter and COTS with $1,700 and $20,000 in respective annual savings, these projects bolster the community’s educational and housing services — and in the case of the Sciencenter, offer hands-on exposure to solar energy and sustainable practices.

“We applaud our friends at Everybody Solar as they continue to service our communities while simultaneously contributing to a more sustainable future,” commented Cockroft about these transformative projects.

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 

In 2018, Jinko Solar and Everybody Solar continued their partnership with a 29.7-kilowatt project to provide energy for two facilities on the Lakota Tribe’s Pine Ridge Reservation. The two sites, the Allen Youth Center and the Charging Buffalo House, provide the tribe with youth and food services respectively.

“The Lakota have a long history, and we are truly humbled that our solar panels can become part of their story,” said Cockroft.

The Allen Youth Center provides tutoring, social services, cultural activities, and meals to Lakota youth and has now offset 35,500 pounds of CO2 with its 18.4-kilowatt solar system. With battery-backed solar production, the center can withstand power outages and grid instability, acting as an emergency shelter for the community.

The Charging Buffalo House is a United States Department of Agriculture-approved meat processing plant that has increased the reservation’s consumption of traditional meats like buffalo to address growing rates of diet-related diseases like diabetes and obesity. With an 11.16-kilowatt solar installation, the Charging Buffalo House’s monthly electricity bill has decreased from $224 to $14.41, allowing the plant to be an economically feasible operation.

“The big savings … definitely helps us to put that money back into our business, hire more people who need the work, [and] also helps us be able to buy equipment needed in the meat cutting industry,” said Charging Buffalo House manager Bamm Brewer in a press release about the installations.

St. Johns Housing Partnership 

Most recently, in May 2023, Jinko Solar and Everybody Solar teamed up to install 21.87 kilowatts of solar panels for the St. Johns Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization that constructs and develops safe and affordable housing in northeastern Florida.

Through two separate solar installations, this project powers St. Johns’ main office, as well as three of the six apartment units in Patriot Place, a housing complex providing subsidized housing for veterans.

In addition to providing veterans with nearly $2,000 in annual savings, Patriot Place’s 9.72-kilowatt solar array ensures that energy prices will remain affordable in the face of current shortages and price uncertainty.

With this installation, Patriot Place has been certified “Florida Green” by the Florida Green Builders Coalition, which means the building meets sustainable standards that address Florida’s unique environmental concerns.

“As a veteran myself, I’m proud to be part of a company that champions the veteran community. Thanks to our long-term partnership with Everybody Solar, we’re able to once again give back to veterans who are supported through St. John’s Housing Partnership,” said Watson Occilien, operations manager of Jinko Solar’s Florida factory.

Jinko Solar: Empowering Local Communities 

In a period of uncertainty, Jinko Solar understands the importance of low-cost energy and continues to empower local communities with donations supporting essential organizations. With its continued support of Everybody Solar and nonprofit organizations, Jinko Solar once again proves why it’s the world’s No. 1 supplier of solar panels.

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