Now that Thanksgiving—followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday—has passed, it’s officially the holiday season, a season for family thanks, and giving. Today (Nov. 29) is Giving Tuesday, a chance to support nonprofits and charities across the country and world, including those in solar power and renewables.
As solar power and renewable energy have grown the number of organizations supporting them and their ability to spread the adoption of technologies that are helping to reduce climate change while creating well-paying jobs and empowering more communities low-income and otherwise. These are some of the organizations that can use help and what they do.
Vote Solar is an organization that’s working tirelessly to support solar policy in states across the US. In the past year, it has successfully worked in Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Nevada to support pro-solar policies and fight anti-solar policies at the state level. Particularly, it’s advocating for rooftop and distributed solar power and net-metering, and fighting back against anti-solar policies supported by utilities and fossil fuel companies.
CollectiveSun is a business that allows people to invest in solar projects for nonprofits including schools, churches, organizations and more. It helps them get access to incentives they otherwise wouldn’t be able to because their status as nonprofits precludes them from realizing tax incentives.
The Solar Foundation is a Washington, DC-based organization that, among other things conducts research into solar power and produces reports including the annual Solar Jobs Census. It also leads the Solar Ready Vets program.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the leading solar industry advocacy group in the US. It has worked tirelessly on Capitol Hill and across the nation to advocate for solar power large and small. It produces reports on an annual basis that highlight the growth of the solar industry, promotes energy industry jobs and more. The organization also has chapters across the country.
GRID Alternatives is an organization that’s working to increase the amount of renewable energy and renewable energy jobs in low-income areas. It works with volunteers and solar installers, as well as corporate partners and their volunteers to install solar on low-income homes. It’s also creating low-income solar jobs training programs.
The United Solar Initiative is a North Carolina-based organization that’s working on energy and water poverty issues in underdeveloped communities around the world. The organization’s projects are include mechanizing clean water pumps in Africa and facilitate solar installations on schools and community centers in the US.
These are some of the many solar organizations that could benefit from giving dollars during the holiday season.Tweet