Our Solar Picks for #GivingTuesday

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We Care Solar delivers “solar suitcases” to medical facilities in Africa, Asia and South America. Photo Credit: We Care Solar

Instead of waiting in long lines and buying new things, Giving Tuesday is a day where people are encouraged to spend money on nonprofits and make charitable donations. This year, AMECO Solar suggests making a donation to a solar-focused nonprofit who is making our world a better (and brighter!) place.

Saving Lives with Solar Suitcases

We Care Solar is an organization the promotes safe motherhood and prevents infant mortality rates by providing a solar energy kit to health workers. Dubbed the “solar suitcase”, each kit includes a small solar panel and rechargeable battery that powers basic medical equipment. Though originally designed for delivering babies in rural settings, the solar suitcases are now used in health centers and clinics all over the world for a range of medical situations. CNN recently nominated Dr. Laura Satchel (We Care Solar’s Executive Director) as a top 10 CNN Hero. When you donate through the CNN website, Subaru will match your gift and your impact will be doubled!

Alternative Rock for Alternative Energy

Having met during an Environmental Analysis program in college, the band members from Trapdoor Social have always bonded over two things: music and clean energy. They have taken a creative approach to the release of their upcoming album. All proceeds will go towards the new solar installation project at Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit in Los Angeles that provides job training support for prior gangmembers. Plus, when you give a little, you’ll get a little in return! Every donation from $15 to $5,000 comes with a reward from songs on the B Side of the album to your own private concert. Make a donation to Trapdoor Social’s campaign and help them reach their $20,000 goal.

Solar Energy for Everyone

Since 2001, the team at Grid Alternatives has been installing solar panels as a way to empower communities in need. Not only do they provide solar energy for families struggling to make ends meet, but they also train workers from local communities to become certified solar installers. The majority of their work has been in California, but they recently expanded to Colorado and are hoping to open offices in other states soon. Support their mission of making solar energy accessible for everyone by donating online.