Supporting Our Community
Community Profit Sharing
As an employee-owned cooperative, our co-owners voted to dedicate 10% of our net profits after preferred dividends to our community stakeholder. These funds are shared with non-profit organizations that align with Namasté Solar’s mission, emphasize climate or environmental justice, are women-led or BIPOC-led, and with priority given to organizations that work in our local communities.
In 2020, Namasté Solar shared profits with the following organizations:
Click the links to learn more about these organizations and the amazing work they do.
Keep the Lights on Colorado
In November 2020, Namasté Solar launched a campaign, Keep the Lights on Colorado, to support Energy Outreach Colorado, a Denver-based not-for-profit helping families throughout Colorado who are unable to keep up with utility payments. Namasté Solar led the campaign with a contribution of $10,000, and we invited other Colorado organizations to join us as supporting partners.
In total, 13 organizations participated to donate $30,000 to help Colorado families. These donations will support 120 Colorado families with community solar subscriptions for a year! These subscriptions provide long-term stability in the form of monthly bill credits that reduce the burden of home energy costs and free up dollars for other basic needs for these families – all while utilizing the cost saving and environmental benefits of clean solar energy.
DPS CareerConnect and CareerCoach
As CareerConnect mentors to a group of students from JFK High School, Namastaliens act as a support system for students, and help them navigate college preparation. With the internship-based CareerCoach program, Namasté Solar has hosted 3 different interns over 3 semesters, and they’ve been doing real-life solar PV designs for Sunstreet communities across the nation.
Habitat for Humanity
12 Namastaliens spent another full day in Spring 2018 at Habitat for Humanity’s Harmony Cottages community in Fort Collins. Volunteers dedicated their time to reinforcing siding, painting, and working to level the ground around two homes in the community.
Thorne Nature Experience
14 Namastaliens volunteered 62 hours altogether at Thorne Nature Experience to help them prepare for their wonderful summer camp programming (we’d like to formally request a set of our own coloring materials and plant ID books!). We also helped weed their gardens so they’re free of invasive plants and ready for what seems to be a constant stream of eager learners.
Habitat for Humanity
8 Namastaliens dedicated a full day to painting a home and building a deck at the Habitat for Humanity Harmony Cottages community in Fort Collins. As part of our ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity and our other partners in Fort Collins, we’ve also committed to $10,000 in annual donations for 5 years to help the Harmony Cottages community be all solar homes.
What better place to get involved in your community than right in your neighborhood? Spring of 2017 brought a neighborhood cleanup at both of our Colorado offices. 10 volunteers dedicated a total of over 20 hours one afternoon to pick up trash in the neighborhood areas around our offices in Denver and Boulder.
Amplify Your Impact
In July 2017, Namasté Solar participated in Hunger Free Colorado’s Hike to End Hunger. In total, Namastaliens logged 895 miles in just one month! This came from 61 logged hikes, including 2 group hikes with a total of 16 hikers and some long-distance Namastalien hikers crushing major miles to help out. Each of those miles was equivalent to a $5 donation, so with a little extra to round of the donation, we donated $5,000 to help our neighbors in need.
Food Bank of the Rockies
18 Namastaliens spent the afternoon sorting and packing food for distribution by the Food Bank of the Rockies. This translated to over 73 volunteer hours, but even more important was the impact that afternoon had outside of Namasté Solar: out volunteers were able to process over 11,300 lbs of food, equal to 9,040 meals for those in need.
Rock the Earth Green Challenge
Namasté Solar worked with Denver Public Schools to fund the winning project from the Rock the Earth Green Challenge. This project was a green action plan developed by “The Reusables,” a team of 20 Godsman Elementary School
8 Namastaliens spent an afternoon volunteering a total of 32 hours with Growing Gardens, a Boulder-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable urban agriculture. This volunteer opportunity was organized through the Colorado B Corp community as a “B of Service” day. Growing Gardens donates both produce and plants to our community, as well as offering classes and youth programs.
Food Bank of the Rockies
9 Namastaliens spent almost 50 hours total volunteering with the greater Colorado B
Community Food Share
9 Namastaliens volunteered a total of 58 hours at the Community Food Share in Louisville, helping to sort incoming food donations and restock pantry shelves. Community Food Share distributes enough food for 22,500 meals every day to our Boulder and Broomfield county neighbors in need.
Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver
3 Namastaliens spent a day with the amazing kids of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. Boys & Girls Clubs provide youth with a supportive community after school, in the summer, and sometimes even during the school day. Photo credit: Boys & Girls Club.
8 Namastaliens spent an afternoon volunteering with Growing Gardens, a Boulder-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable urban agriculture. We were excited to work with an organization that does so much for our community, including organizing youth programs, donating produce and plants, and educating gardeners of all ages. Photo credit: Growing Gardens.
Solar PV System Donations
Between 2005 and 2011, Namasté Solar’s primary form of community giving was donated solar PV systems. During that time, Namasté Solar donated 28 solar systems totaling over 178 kW to organizations along the Front Range. This photo is from the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Logan School in Denver, which received a donated 6 kW solar system in 2009.