The Nonprofit Solar Project, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), was developed in partnership with Solar United Neighbors (SUN) and is funded through generous support from CFSA donors and Tucson Electric Power.

CFSA recently worked with Technicians For Sustainability (TFS) to complete a solar installation at our Community Foundation Campus. TFS installed 252 solar panels capable of producing 200,000 kilowatt-hours of energy each year on the Campus’s rooftops and parking structures.

“In addition to increasing the sustainability of our services and directly reducing operating costs for our nonprofit suite tenants, those panels are helping the Community Foundation minimize our environmental impact,” shared CFSA President and CEO Jenny Flynn. “We are excited to extend that same opportunity to our nonprofit partners through the Nonprofit Solar Project.”

As part of CFSA’s Environmental Sustainability Impact Fund, the Nonprofit Solar Project offers local nonprofits the opportunity to meet a significant portion of their energy needs through solar power. Through the switch to solar, nonprofits will be able to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs, freeing up resources for programming or other infrastructure needs.

For most nonprofits, investing in a solar installation is too challenging and expensive of a commitment. By offering this opportunity to local nonprofits, CFSA looks to address environmental disparities in our local community and increase the capacity of the nonprofit sector in Southern Arizona.

Interested in learning more about the Nonprofit Solar Project?

Click here to view the presentation slides from our informational webinar. You can watch a recording of the webinar here.

Important Dates

  • Friday, April 22: Application Opens
  • Tuesday, May 31: Application Closes at 5:00 PM MST
  • April to June: Application Review and Applicant Site Visits (on a rolling basis)
  • July-August 2022: Grantees Selected
  • Installation will occur based on each individual grantee’s project

Application Process

Applications are now CLOSED
  • Interested nonprofit organizations will apply through Common Grant Application, CFSA’s grant portal.
  • Applications open on Friday, April 22, 2022, and will close at 5:00 PM MST on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
  • Applications will be reviewed for both installation eligibility and selection criteria. Approved organizations will move forward to the next stage of the decision process.
  • CFSA and SUN will conduct site visits with applicants to determine project costs and commitments.
  • A Community Review Committee will then make final recommendations for organization selection.
  • Selected organizations will work with SUN to identify their preferred solar installer to complete the installation.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) in good standing, conducting charitable work in Pima County.
  • Applicant must have local leadership (in Pima County, AZ) in the form of a board of directors or advisory committee, local financial support, and local program management and accountability. In the case of nationally sponsored organizations, no portion of the grant can be used to support the national, state, or regional entity.
  • The proposed installation must directly benefit people living in Pima County.
  • Grants are generally not made to individuals, for-profit organizations, government entities, capital fund drives, agency endowments, debt reduction, individual schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, or pure sports teams. Please note schools with 501c3 status may apply and individual colleges within universities using their foundation as the agent.
  • Must be property owner where the installation will be located. Please contact David Gardner at dgardner@cfsaz.org for clarification on eligibility.
  • ​​A minimum of 200 square feet of unobstructed roof or ground space must be available for solar installation.
  • The applicant’s roof must have a remaining lifespan of at least 15 years and not be covered by slate or Spanish clay tile (concrete is okay).
  • Awards made by CFSA’s grant committees support organizations that do not discriminate in their employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or delivery of programs and services on the basis of Race, Religion, Gender or Gender Identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), Gender Expression, Sexual Orientation, Age, Ancestry, Citizenship, Ethnicity, Familial Status, Socioeconomic Status (economic circumstances), Color, Creed, Sex (including pregnancy), Phases of Parenthood, National Origin, Marital Status, Veteran Status (past, current or prospective service in the armed forces), Genetic Information, Physical Characteristics or Appearance, Mental or Physical Disability, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

For general project questions, please contact David Gardner, Program Manager, at 520-382-9203 or dgardner@cfsaz.org.

For technical questions, please contact Solar United Neighbors at azteam@solarunitedneighbors.org.


Thank you to our generous CFSA donors, Tucson Electric Power, and Solar United Neighbors for making this project possible.

Solar United Neighbors and Tucson Electric Power