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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Are you a local nonprofit that works for social good? Contact us today to learn how you can install quality photovoltaic solar systems, with no upfront costs.

How the Program Works

Solarize Nonprofit creates an affordable, accessible pathway to solar power. First, we help your nonprofit organization install a solar system so your business can run on clean energy. Within about six years, your organization will fully own the solar system, translating to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings on your electric bills over time.

This program is run in partnership by Community Environmental Council (CEC) and Asteri Solar.

CEC works closely with your organization and the selected solar provider throughout the process to ensure that equipment, systems, workmanship and contracts are carefully considered. Asteri purchases the solar system and then sells the energy directly to your nonprofit for about 5 years. At the beginning of year 6, nonprofits can purchase the systems at the fair market value and fully capture the economic benefits of solar ownership. Learn more about the program in this press release.

How To Apply

To begin the application process, simply fill out the form below. We’ll contact you to learn more about your organization and solar needs.

Nonprofits are selected for participation based on the investment guidelines of Asteri Solar, which seeks to support nonprofit organizations that provide social benefits to the Santa Barbara and Ventura County communities.

Solarize Nonprofit Success Stories

Planned Parenthood San Luis Obispo

  • 23.2 kW system
  • Installed by Solarponics in Fall 2020
  • Projected to save the organization about $250,000 over the next 30 years

Wildling Museum

  • 13.68 kW system
  • Installed by California Solar Electric in April 2020
  • Projected to save the organization about $150,000 over the next 30 years

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

  • 40 kW system
  • Installed by Good Energy Solar in June 2019
  • Projected to save the organization $200,000 over the next 30 years

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Central Coast - Santa Maria Campus

Solarize Nonprofit - Boys & Girls Club Santa Maria Campus
  • 22 kW system
  • Installed by California Solar Electric in July 2019
  • Projected to save the organization $300,000 over the next 30 years

Girls Inc of Carpinteria

Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

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Total Installed: 195 kW

  • Wildling Museum
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
  • Girls Inc of Carpinteria
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Central Coast - Santa Maria Campus
  • Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
  • Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
  • Planned Parenthood San Luis Obispo
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