You are invited to imagine where solar panels could be in your community. Think about it. What organizations that you would like to support? Close your eyes and visualize the actual buildings in your neighbourhood - do you see your local school, a dog shelter, a place of worship, or your community centre (how are you reading this with your eyes closed)? Now open your eyes and check this page to see how to nominate that organization for a chance to have a solar panel installation! It’s easy, just send us your #PutSolarOnIt nominations!
What Is #PutSolarOnIt?
#PutSolarOnIt is a call-to-action for you to see your community differently by envisioning solar energy on roofs everywhere. This is your chance to propose where funds raised for solar projects by Great Climate Race participants are donated. It’s an opportunity to suggest great community organizations you want to help by reducing or eliminating their electricity bill for decades to come. No matter where the projects go we will be reducing greenhouse gas pollution that causes climate change and that helps everyone. The Great Climate Race Renewable Energy Fund will take care of the costs of assessment, purchase of solar panels, installation and maintenance.
You don’t have to be a representative of the organization you would like to see benefit from the solar panels. You can be a fan of their work and admire them from afar or you can be an employee or member of the organization you want to nominate. For example, do you love dogs and know a rescue that works hard to find forever homes for pets? Or how about an organization that helps women and children? Solar can be useful to just about anyone who has a roof to help them offset their electricity bill (usually part of monthly overhead) for decades so they can use those extra funds to continue to do great work in the community. You just need to have an idea and share some basic details.
We will explore the feasibility of all proposals and then shortlist projects based on the potential for the project to generate electricity (direction of room, amount of direct sunlight and shading from trees, buildings, etc.), the level of demonstrated community support and the potential community benefit.
How #PutSolarOnIt Nominations Work:
1) Send an email to Info@TheGreatClimateRace.com with "#PutSolarOnIt Nomination" in the subject line and we'll send you the form to fill out.
2) Fill out the simple #PutSolarOnIt nomination form. Click here to see a sample nominations.
3) Take a picture of yourself or a group of people in front of the building or land you want to put solar panel on and point to the roof or area where you want to see solar panels installed.
Share Share Share!
Here are some sample messages to share on Twitter (140 characters max) and Facebook and to get you started (remember to attach your photo!):
I want to see solar panels on (insert the name of the organization you’re nominating) in (insert location) Please #PutSolarOnIt @ClimateRace http://TheGreatClimateRace.com/putsolaronit (attach photos)
Facebook and Instagram
The Great Climate Race is a run to crowdfund for climate solutions. The Great Climate Race Renewable Energy Fund is donating solar panels to people who nominate organizations or individuals. I'm nominating (insert location - community centre, place of worship, school, dog rescue facility) to get free solar panels crowdfunded by participants and donors of The Great Climate Race http://TheGreatClimateRace.com/putsolaronit #PutSolarOnIt (Attach photos)
Skyrocket your Chances of Winning:
Want to skyrocket your chances of your nominee winning solar installation? Spread the word about #PutSolarOnIt on YouTube or Vimeo by creating a video.
- Make and upload a YouTube or Vimeo video (keep it short) and tell us where you want us to install solar panels (Don’t forget you must also complete the nomination form)
- Share the video link on Facebook and Twitter (please make the video public so we can see it)
- Use this YouTube or Vimeo video description: http://TheGreatClimateRace.com - The Great Climate Race - a Run to Crowdfund Climate Solutions
- Share the video link on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as much as you like but don’t forget to use @ClimateRace and tag us on Facebook and use hashtag #PutSolarOnIt
The entry deadline is Monday, September 14, 2015 and the winners will be announced in mid-October. Depending on the amount of funds raised by participants more winners may be announced at The Great Climate Race on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
Don’t wait until the last minute to get your submission in. The more community support you build before the deadline the better chances you have of getting your project selected.
Terms and Conditions:
Anyone can submit a nomination but we are only considering nominations in the Lower Mainland at this time. That doesn’t mean you can't put in a proposal regarding other areas. We’re planning races in other locations and good proposals will increase the chances that we will plan a race in your neck of the woods
The details of your proposal will be kept private. It's up to you to decide what you want to share
The Great Climate Race reserves the right to make all final decision about which projects to support and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to get involved with #ThePutSolarOnIt
Send an email to info@TheGreatClimateRace.com with #PutSolarOnIt Nomination Form in the subject line and we will send you a link to the form. Thanks, have a great day.