SANTA ROSA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivint Solar, the second-largest U.S. residential solar provider, today announced that has matched the maximum fundraising efforts of $15,000 of the Windsor, Calif. community to ensure that every Windsor Middle School sixth-grader can attend a three-day science camp in February.
Due to budget cutbacks, the students were at risk of not being able to attend camp this next year. The Alliance Redwoods science camp, in Occidental, Calif., costs about $165 per student, and the community had only raised about half of the funds needed before Vivint Solar stepped in to pay the difference.
"We are proud to invest in the outdoor environmental education that science camp provides to young students," said Greg Butterfield, CEO of Vivint Solar. "The long-term value of giving to the Windsor Middle School community during the holiday season is priceless to our team."
The company found out about the shortfall from first-grade teacher Kelli Wong, a teacher at Healdsburg Elementary and Vivint Solar customer.
"I know that Vivint Solar is concerned about the environment, with their focus on the sun as a powerful and renewable resource," said Wong, a parent of a sixth grader at Windsor Middle School. "I, and the entire community, was so excited when Vivint Solar responded so quickly to our need and invested in the science camp experience. The sixth-graders are beyond ecstatic about being able to go to camp together for a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity that is in line with the school's emphasis on environmental stewardship."
In addition to funding, Vivint Solar representatives will visit the camp when the students arrive to hand out t-shirts, water bottles and other necessities to ensure the campers are ready to learn and have fun.
Vivint Solar has a history of involvement in the communities they serve, including fundraising for the Malibu Hills Sheriff's Department in southern California, canned food drives in New York, and sponsorships of the Thousand Oaks High School (Calif.) water polo team and the El Toro High School (Calif.) soccer team.
Vivint Solar was launched in 2011 and currently operates in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Washington D.C. Vivint Solar customers save money on energy through the company's power purchase agreement (PPA), in which customers agree to purchase the power their solar panels generate at rates significantly lower than their typical power bill. In exchange, Vivint Solar designs, installs and maintains the system for free.
About Vivint Solar
Vivint Solar is a leading provider of simple, affordable solar solutions. As an early adopter of the power purchase agreement (PPA) model, Vivint Solar designs, installs, and maintains cost-effective solar energy systems. The company provides award-winning service and support while saving customers money and protecting the environment. For more information, visit www.vivintsolar.com.
About Windsor Unified School District
Windsor Schools have four California Distinguished Schools, two California Golden Bell Awards, and are considered to offer some of the best academic programs in coastal Sonoma County, in northern California. In 2006 the State of California awarded the Windsor Unified School District its prestigious Governor's Award for Environmental and Economic Leadership as it acknowledged the district and town for its joint efforts in environmental improvements in the public sector. The school includes grades six through eight with about 930 students on campus.
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