Solar For Nonprofits
SunWork installs solar for nonprofits which reduces their electricity bills, enabling them to deliver more services to their communities and to operate more sustainably.
SunWork focuses on 501(c)(3) organizations who want to install a system under 35 Kilowatts (dc).
The SunWork volunteer model works best installing small to moderate size solar systems. We do not limit the size of the electric bill of the nonprofit. However, we do limit the size of the system that SunWork will install.
SunWork focuses on roof-based solar systems.
We do not install solar systems that are ground mounted such as a solar parking structure. If the nonprofit installs a ground mount structure that supports a solar system, it may be possible for SunWork to install the solar system on that structure.
SunWork will work on roofs that have a moderate slope going up to 26 degrees. We work on some flat roofs including modified bitumen and EPDM roofs. If you are not sure what type of roof you have, no problem, just ask us.
There must be easy access to the roof from the ground or from inside the building. A two-story structure must have access to the roof from a portion of the first story of the roof. This enables installers to hand up materials from the lower level to the upper. A three-story structure must have access from inside the building.
The roofing material should be composition shingle (also called asphalt shingle). We may work on a low-slope roof if the material is a modified bitumen membrane or EPDM, but not tar and gravel. We also work on most metal seam roofs.
Roofs made of wood shake, metal shake, concrete tile, clay tile or foam are more difficult to work on and SunWork currently does not install systems for these roof types. If you have a question contact us and we can check it out.
Solar Financing Options for Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofits are not able to take advantage of the investment tax credits and so the economics of going solar can be more difficult.
SunWork does not offer financing. However, we have partners that offer financing specially for nonprofit organizations.
The savings from the solar system can often be enough to cover the finance charges. As such, even if a nonprofit does not have any funds available for an installation, it’s often still possible to go solar. Learn how other nonprofits have gone solar.