Clean Energy Project:

SolaRISE

Support from SolaRISE has enabled schools and nonprofits to fundraise for renewable energy systems and do their part to push ahead toward a clean energy economy.

SolaRISE is an online fundraising platform designed to help schools and nonprofits purchase solar and other renewable energy infrastructure.

The way it works is, participating organizations create a project profile on the SolaRISE website and encourage the public to donate. The donor visits the site, decides a giving amount, and enters payment information into an encrypted, fully secure financial transaction system.

So far, two schools have turned to SolaRISE to fund solar arrays, and both were successful in reaching their fundraising goals: Glen Lake Community Schools, in Leelanau County, and Westwoods Elementary, part of Traverse City Area Public Schools. Glen Lake’s solar array was installed in spring 2019, and Westwoods' was installed in spring 2020.

To learn more about SolaRISE, please contact Jim Lively.

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“Thank you so much for helping raise all of the funds for our solar project at Westwoods! Thanks to you, we reached our goal so much more quickly than I'd expected. So now I can move on to other things including other solar projects...”

— Nicola Philpott, President, Parent Teacher Organization, Westwoods Elementary School, Traverse City Area Public Schools

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?

SolaRISE News

Students Push for Solar Power at Glen Lake Schools

Students Push for Solar Power at Glen Lake Schools

Envirothon students at Glen Lake Schools, in northern Michigan, launch an effort to install a 24-panel solar array at their small rural school, under the guidance of science teacher Karen Richard. In December 2018, the school became the first organization to use Groundwork’s SolaRISE to help raise funds.

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