Honnold Foundation, Sunrun launch new solar fundraising campaign

The Honnold Foundation, a nonprofit solar access organization founded in 2012 by prominent mountaineer Alex Honnold and Sunrun, announced a new fundraising campaign to promote innovation in solar access in underserved communities around the world. to stimulate.

Launched today, the Innovation Fund will identify and fund grassroots organizations that use solar energy to address social and economic inequalities in frontline communities around the world.

Grantee Partners will be scalable and precedent, demonstrating how solar can be an elegant, versatile solution to address global energy inequalities. From the Indian Himalayas to the Ecuadorian Amazon, Memphis to the Navajo Nation, Partners’ solutions can enable education, access to clean water, river transport in the Amazon and more.

With the goal of raising at least $1 million over the next 12 months, the Honnold Foundation will be responsible for managing the fund and selecting and supporting beneficiaries. Sunrun is making a monetary contribution to the Innovation Fund of $50,000 – in addition to other donations that will be received through fundraising in December.

“Rooftop solar gives nonprofits the ability to lower their energy bills — while doing something good for the environment — so they can stay focused on the high-impact work they’re doing,” said Alex Honnold, founder of the Honnold Foundation . “We are excited to partner with Sunrun again to increase our impact, help our existing beneficiary Partners scale and help communities around the world transition to renewable energy.”

In September 2020, Honnold Foundation and Sunrun launched the Community Fund, a program that donates solar installations to potentially reduce the carbon emissions and energy bills of BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations that provide community services, including shelters, food banks, and arts or education centers. The Community Fund has installed nearly 60 kW of solar power on four projects in Memphis, Detroit and Houston. An additional project in Petersburg, Virginia, is expected to be online in early 2022.

“We are so excited to once again partner with the Honnold Foundation on such an important initiative to bring energy equality to all,” said Mary Powell, CEO of Sunrun. “Sunrun is committed to advancing environmental justice and justice for all, and the Innovation Fund will help deliver the many benefits of clean solar energy to hundreds of thousands of residents of historically disadvantaged communities.”

The Innovation Fund call for applications will open in January 2022 and will welcome applications from community organizations serving marginalized communities in the US and around the world.

News item from The Honnold Foundation

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