Talk about a collective effort. The CollectiveSun®-funded solar project for Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC) is now powered up and performing beautifully. Our third successful project, it has taken the expertise of a troupe of dedicated solar industry experts to fund, install, power, and monitor this first-of-its-kind solar project in San Francisco. It was made possible with the crowd-lending power of our impact-investors through CollectiveSun.
Lee Barken, founder of CollectiveSun observed that this project in particular has attracted partner businesses that are driven by more than profits.
“Working with forward-thinking nonprofits like ODC has created a fantastic ripple effect in our projects. We find that socially-minded companies like Sun Light & Power and Canadian Solar, Inc. are drawn to working with nonprofits and CollectiveSun. It’s really amplifying the impact of our new way of bringing solar BY the people to the nonprofit sector.”
Major solar players in the Bay Area fulfilled crucial roles in the success of the ODC project because they knew it was a turning point in the future of solar power for nonprofits. Berkeley-based Sun Light & Power, which has been in the solar business since 1976 and is a certified B-Corp, installed 140 Canadian Solar, Inc. panels with 3 SMA Inverters on ODC’s two buildings. Materials were supplied by San Francisco-based Civic Solar and Locus Energy will provide monitoring.
Canadian Solar, Inc. is one of the world's largest and foremost solar power companies. They saw the ODC project as an outlet for their community involvement.
“Canadian Solar wants to make a difference in our communities. We admire the impact that ODC is having in San Francisco and are pleased to have our photovoltaic modules powering their efforts,” said Thomas Koerner, US General Manager of Canadian Solar.
ODC has a lot of square footage to keep alight. The organization’s two building campus includes ODC Theater and ODC Dance Commons. The spaces feature eight studios, two performance venues and several office suites, and is home to a world-class dance company, a professional, pre-professional, and recreational dance training program, a Healthy Dancer’s Clinic, and a nationally regarded presenting venue.
“With two buildings to power, ODC is going to use solar power to help reduce the escalating expenses related to powering our office, school, and theaters,” said ODC Executive Director Victor Gotesman.
ODC is expected to save in excess of $300,000 over the next 25 years by converting these facilities to solar power. That’s a number worthy of applause.