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Published on April 1st, 2013 | by Adam Johnston


Sungevity Helps Non-Profit Organizations With $1 Million In Funding

April 1st, 2013 by  

Leading solar residential market provider Sungevity said it’s raised over $1 million for non-profits thanks to’s program, as solar companies continue to strengthen its relationship with the sector.

The Oakland, California-based company said more than 100 non-profit organizations, including the National Parks Conservation, National Wildlife Federation, and Sierra Club, help give referrals to Sungevity, which turn around and provide payback to the non-profits.

Image Credit: Sungevity Car via WikiCommons (Some Rights Reserved)

Image Credit: Sungevity Car via WikiCommons (Some Rights Reserved)

Sungevity co-founder Danny Kennedy, and Academy Award winning actress winning actress Helen Hunt have been instrumental in supporting this initiative since starting it in 2010.

“The program has helped grow our business by keeping us connected to our roots as a mission-driven, social change company,” said Kennedy. “Our results show that the ‘market’ can support the ‘movement’ and vice versa.”

So far, the initiative has help to offset 85,000 metric tons of carbon, which is helping to kill two birds in one stone: helping to cut climate change concerns, and support the economy.

“Sungevity has always been a standout leader in clean-tech and by partnering in the program, we’ve demonstrated that non-profit and for-profit organizations can push forward with our separate initiatives and achieve success for our common goals,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

Partnerships between solar energy businesses and non-profit organizations have become more common in recent years. Besides Sungevity’s work, SunPower in March of 2012 teamed up with non-profit solar installation company GRID Alternatives in San Francisco to install high efficient solar panels on rooftops of low-income neighborhoods.

Hats off for Sungevity for continuing to support environmental non-profits, as this will be an interesting trend to see as partnerships between renewable energy companies and non-profits grow.

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is expected to complete the Professional Development Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto by December 2017. Adam recently completed his Social Media Certificate from Algonquin College Continuing & Online Learning. Adam also graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications in 2011. Adam owns a part-time tax preparation business. He also recently started up Salay Consulting and Social Media services, a part-time business which provides cleantech writing, analysis, and social media services. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or check out his business

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