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Student Housing Co-op Goes Solar in Sunny Santa Barbara.
The Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op is a member-owned, housing alternative for students, staff, and faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Housing Co-op provides low rent housing for all students regardless of race, creed, color or national origin. RE-volv UCSB is running a campaign to install an 11.5 kw solar system at the Merton House (777 Camino Pescadero) this building functions as an office, kitchen, and living space.
Our team is comprised of UCSB students passionate about renewable energy. Many of us come from an environmental studies background but we also have members from disciplines such as Sociology, Economics, Geography and Music! We are excited to partner with the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative, and are ready to make a lasting impact in our Isla Vista community!
CROWDFUNDING GOAL: $35,583.00
SYSTEM SIZE: 11.5 kW
LIFETIME REDUCTION OF CO2 IN ATMOSPHERE: 546,000 lbs
EXPECTED SOLAR INSTALLATION DATE: Fall of 2019
More info about the Housing Co-op
The Merton house is located just a few blocks down from the Isla Vista Food Cooperative, a non-profit that went solar with RE-volv a few years ago. Over the lifetime of the system, Merton house will be preventing 546,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
The Merton building is used not only for housing but also for student community events. The Dining Co-op is one which has the potential to reach thousands of students over the lifetime of the solar system. SB student housing co-op also hosts student org meetings, events supported by the URC Interfaith Fund, and a wide range of events organized by co-op members.
Why Is RE-volv Helping Bring Solar to SBSHC?
RE-volv is a national nonprofit that helps community-serving nonprofits go solar. RE-volv’s mission is to empower people to bring clean energy to their communities. This crowdfunding campaign will cover the upfront costs of the solar installation at the SB Housing Co-op. Once the solar energy system is up and running, the Housing Co-op will pay RE-volv back over time through a solar lease at a rate much less than what they were paying the utility company. Those payments grow a revolving fund for solar called the Solar Seed Fund.
Impact beyond this project
The Solar Seed Fund is a unique pay-it-forward model that grows with every donation. When a nonprofit goes solar, a portion of the upfront costs comes from this revolving fund. The impact of your donation dollar multiplies over time as RE-volv continually reinvests in additional projects. Past projects have shown that when a community-serving organization shows leadership in environmental stewardship it inspires others in the community to do the same.
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Thanks to Brighten Solar, our installer for this project.