June 2024

The Solar Spotlight:


Let’s talk about the San Diego Second Chance Program


At CollectiveSun, we are honored to collaborate with many visionary nonprofits. Today we shine a spotlight on our nonprofit partner Second Chance in San Diego, which supports hundreds of justice-involved men, women, and youth in seeking positive pathways to meaningful change.


In addition to training, educational programs, and support services, Second Chance provides sober-living housing for the populations they serve. The organization partnered with CollectiveSun to install solar on their housing units, not only saving money that they can use for their crucial mission but also giving residents increased pride in their homes. In this interview, we hear from Second Chance President and CEO Bill Payne, whose commitment and passion for helping his community shines through.





Our mission at Second Chance is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration by helping at-risk youth and justice-involved people on a path towards empowered self-sufficiency. Through a combination of education, encouragement, specialized training, and additional support, we help people overcome barriers in the areas of housing, behavioral health, substance abuse, life skills, and employment.




The people who turn to Second Chance for help are people who go through life never getting a chance due to their circumstances, be it incarceration or homelessness. People re-entering our society need a community of support around them. They need our society to see them as people, not problems. They need … a second chance.

Second Chance is an organization that provides the tools and resources for justice-involved individuals to forge a new path for their lives. Our programs foster self-sufficiency, with the goal of creating independent, empowered members of society. We equip communities in need with the tools they need to stand on their own two feet — making our communities safer and stronger.





Justice-involved people often face a bleak and uncertain future. Our participants are surrounded by tremendous challenges, which include meeting their basic needs such as housing and healthcare, as well as the stigma associated with people’s previous incarceration. Other barriers limit access to opportunities and inhibit self-sufficiency. Our organization breaks the cycle of incarceration, helping people who are ready to change find true independence, learn healthier ways of living. and become self-sufficient and contributing members of society.


Our programs are a solution to the broken economics of the current criminal justice system, which is both expensive and ineffective. The savings generated by going solar in the operation of our Sober-Living Housing Program reduce operating costs and offer the opportunity for this vital program to be more sustainable. This in turn provides safety and stability as our residents are co-enrolled in our mutually supportive community reentry and workforce development programs.

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Last week, our CollectiveSun team took a step out of the office and into our sunny neighborhood for a special event: a Community Clean-Up Walk! This initiative was more than just a walk; it was a team lead demonstration of our commitment to our core values of Community and Simplicity.


Equipped with garbage grabbers, recycled bags, sunscreen and intention, we set out to make a positive impact. What surprised us the most was the sheer amount of litter that had gone unnoticed in our daily routines. In just one block, we managed to fill an entire bag with trash. This eye-opening experience highlighted how small efforts can lead to significant changes in our surroundings.


By coming together to clean up our local area, we not only enhanced the beauty of our neighborhood, and we also reinforced the importance of taking collective responsibility for our environment.


We encourage everyone, whether local or remote, to find ways to contribute to your communities. Organize a clean-up in your area, share your efforts with us!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the clean-up walk and to those supporting from afar. Let’s keep the momentum going and continue to make positive impact, one small step at a time!

Know A Nonprofit?


If your favorite nonprofit organization is exploring going solar and their mission is to provide programs & services that support communities of concern benefitting:


  • Children
  • Veterans
  • Senior Citizens
  • Individuals with Disabilities
  • Historically Marginalized Groups 
  • At-Risk Individuals

CollectiveSun is here to help you with your solar financing.


| Interest Rates Start at 4.99% |

| Rates Are Based On Community Impact, Not Just Credit Score |

| One Simple Payment | Term Length Up To 10 Years |

| Payment Holiday Durning Construction of System | No Prepayment Penality |


Our goal is for you to end up with a solar system that reduces your carbon footprint and is a $0 down investment with a positive cash flow from day one, so it has an immediate impact on your bottom line. That’s what we want most for the organizations that are the backbone of our communities – financial and environmental sustainability that allows you to concentrate on your mission and reach your sustainability goals.

If you’d like to learn more, schedule a meeting with Nicole here.

Navigating the world of solar financing can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Our team of seasoned experts has been focused on delivering solar financing solutions for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations across the country for over a decade. In just the last few years, we’ve proudly facilitated solar projects for over 200 nonprofits spanning 25 states.


At CollectiveSun, we understand that every nonprofit is unique, and that’s why we offer a diverse range of financing options. Whether you’re considering a loan like our CollectiveSun Solar Loan designed to support your purchase of a solar system while allowing you to benefit directly from the Direct Pay Tax Rebate; exploring leasing options like our CollectiveSun Solar Lease; or seeking a hybrid funding model like our CollectiveSun Solar Power Agreement (the SPA), we have the perfect solution to match your solar financing needs.


For those looking to dive deeper into how Direct Pay can benefit you, we’re excited to offer a free comprehensive course series on HeatSpring. This series covers not only Direct Pay but also the additional ITC bonus adders, providing you with all the information you need for when your filing is due.


📚 Enroll in the free course here:

CollectiveSun HeatSpring Direct Pay & More Course Series


You’ll discover how these incentives can make solar energy even more accessible and cost-effective for your nonprofit organization. Together, let’s harness the power of the sun to fuel your mission and create a brighter, more sustainable future for all.

Let’s connect and start the conversation!

The Golden State set multiple clean energy records in April, with solar power playing a major role. Supported by robust energy storage solutions, solar increasingly dominated the grid, supplying 31% of California’s April electricity. 


Solar power provided 86.8% of all new U.S. energy capacity in the first quarter of 2024. In March alone, solar accounted for 99.7% of capacity added, marking the seventh month in a row in which it provided more new U.S. electrical generating capacity than any other energy source. 


By reducing the need to generate electricity with fossil fuels such as gas and coal, U.S. wind and solar generation provided $249 billion in climate and air quality health benefits from 2019 to 2022.


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