JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar”), a global leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc., donated 14 kW to RE-volv, a solar non-profit and member of the White House National Community Solar Partnership. This donation will provide 2 local charities with solar power.
JinkoSolar’s donation significantly reduced RE-volv’s crowdfunding goal, allowing both the Serenity House in Philadelphia, PA, and the Riverwest Co-op, in Milwaukee, WI to enjoy the benefits of solar sooner than anticipated.
5.6 kW of high-efficiency JinkoSolar modules have been installed on the Serenity House, an outreach ministry of the Arch Street United Methodist Church. It serves as a safe space in the heart of North Philadelphia, a community beset with poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse. The roof-top system is expected to interconnect this month, saving the Serenity House over 15% on its monthly electricity costs. Arch Street United Methodist Church will reinvest the savings into its community services.
The remaining 8.4 kW will be installed on the Riverwest Co-op, a natural food store and cafe located in Milwaukee’s vibrant and diverse Riverwest neighborhood. The co-op is dedicated to providing the community with nutritious, wholesome food and supporting local producers along the way. With the help of Jinko’s module donation, Riverwest Co-op will save $40,000 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the system and keep 61 tons of burned coal from the atmosphere. Through its revolving Solar Seed Fund, RE-volv will use the ongoing lease payments from these two projects to finance four more solar projects for other community-serving nonprofits and co-ops.
“These two projects mark an important milestone for us as they are our first projects outside of CA,” declared Andreas Karelas, Founder and Executive Director of RE-volv. “Thanks to our on the ground Solar Ambassador college fellows spearheading the projects, and the generous support of JinkoSolar, it’s now possible for us to successfully empower community-serving organizations with solar energy around the country.”
“JinkoSolar is proud to support RE-volv in reaching its goals in providing solar energy to non-profits across the US,” said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar(U.S.) Inc. “As we are a company committed to giving back, we were excited to learn that the savings realized from our donation will be reinvested back into the respective communities.”