Solar for Non-Profits

Now there is a way for non-profit organizations in Syracuse and New Berlin, NY to go solar and take advantage of the savings from Day 1! Leave all the headaches behind with no more grant proposal writing and no more bank loan denials.

Great Brook Solar is partnering with an organization called CollectiveSun® to make benefits of solar power a reality for your not-for-profit organization in Syracuse and New Berlin, NY. Plus Great Brook Solar does all the paperwork for utility interconnection, permitting and obtaining NYSERDA incentive. We design and install the system. We make the process easy. We put our 36 years of solar experience to work for your organization.

CollectiveSun was founded in 2011 on the principle all nonprofits should have access to solar power. CollectiveSun is proud to be the only company in America that exclusively helps nonprofits get solar. CollectiveSun understands the financial challenges nonprofits face better than anyone else which facilitates our ability, and singular mission, to help all nonprofits acquire and benefit from solar.

Historically, nonprofits have had two main challenges that prevented their ability to finance solar projects. First, nonprofits are excluded from utilizing tax benefits because they have no tax liability due to their 501c3 status. Second, nonprofits don’t always have reserves robust enough to pay for capital investments. CollectiveSun solves these with: 1) an innovative financing model that allows a portion of the tax benefits to be utilized, thereby reducing the overall cost of the project by 10%, 2) a proprietary crowdlending campaign methodology and online platform that facilitates loans from community members who are repaid with annual principal and interest payments using the savings from the solar project. Additionally, CollectiveSun’s unique crowdlending campaign differs from donations because it doesn’t require the pastor or nonprofit leader to go to his or her supporters with their hands out asking yet again for another donation. Instead, they are able to offer an investment opportunity that facilitates financial and environmental benefits for all involved. With donations a person gives and only receives a write-off, but with a crowd-lending investment there’s an ancillary or intrinsic benefit because supporters feel a sense of ownership and pride each and every time they see the solar panels on the roof of the nonprofit they love and support.

CollectiveSun offers a 10% discount off the installers bid for projects over 20kW.

  • CollectiveSun offers solar as a service with a prefunded Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
  • CollectiveSun’s prefunded PPA’s are funded using a unique proprietary method called crowdlending which is basically a direct loan from the supporters of the nonprofit to the nonprofit. This loan is paid back over 10 years with interest. The interest can be determined by the nonprofit, however, CollectiveSun has found 4%-5% to be an optimal rate for both the nonprofit and the investor.
  • The nonprofit owns the solar system outright at the end of six years. The 10-year warranty from the installer and the 20-year warranty from the inverter manufacturer and the 25-year warranty from the panel manufacturer all transfer to the nonprofit after they become owners of the system at the end of year six.