Honnold Basis, Sunrun launch solar grant fund for environmental justice communities

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The Honnold Foundation, a non-profit access to solar energy organization founded in 2012 by noted climbers Alex Honnold and Sunrun, a leading provider of solar, battery storage, and energy services for households, has partnered to create a new grant program start. The Community Fund will fund solar for black, indigenous and colored nonprofit organizations (BIPOC) in the most polluted areas of the United States. Building on the success of a recent funding round in support of global solar access initiatives, the Honnold Foundation will be responsible for administering the fund and selecting and supporting fellows. Sunrun donates solar systems and makes a financial contribution to the use in solar power systems of the Community Fund.

The aim of the community fund is to reduce CO2 emissions in polluted communities and to lower the electricity bills of non-profit organizations that provide essential services to their neighbors. The Honnold Foundation is looking for nonprofits that offer a wide range of nonprofit services, including emergency shelters, food banks, and arts or education centers, to use their grants. To qualify, organizations must be BIPOC-led, 501c3 status, and operate on an annual budget of less than $ 1.5 million. The Honnold Foundation will go through a rigorous screening process to ensure that partner organizations enrich the communities they serve. To ensure these systems do justice to the intended recipients, the Honnold Foundation will prioritize organizations that own their buildings or have longer term leases and have clear intentions to stay in the room.

In addition to the Community Fund, Sunrun works with the Honnold Foundation to donate solar panels to a number of installations for nonprofits in West Virginia. Together with Solar Holler, the groups are funding a 122.2 kW solar system for Coalfield Development’s West Edge Community Facility, which supports a comprehensive training program for ex-miners.

“By installing solar for nonprofits, they can do more of the effective work they are already doing and it is better for the environment,” said Alex Honnold, founder of the Honnold Foundation. “We are honored to work with Sunrun to double the impact of the Community Fund and to help these nonprofits transition to renewable energy.”

“We are inspired by Alex Honnold’s longstanding commitment to solar energy and look forward to working with the Honnold Foundation to lead this country into a fairer future,” said Lynn Jurich, CEO of Sunrun. “Sunrun’s mission is to create a planet that is ruled by the sun. This is only possible if we all get involved.”

The Fund welcomes applicants from, but not limited to, the following metropolitan areas: Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland, New York, New York, Newark, New Jersey, Houston, Texas, Chicago , Illinois, Memphis, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Shreveport – Bossier City, Louisiana, Detroit, Michigan. Organizations can apply for the fund here.

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