The San Diego Center for Children's Leadership in Mental Health and Sustainability

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In 2017, Sullivan Solar Power donated and installed a 9.84 kW system for the San Diego Center for Children (the Center) in Linda Vista. Today, the nonprofit is celebrating 3 years of clean power and energy savings that have helped them continue to provide high-quality behavioral services to the county. The Center is San Diego's oldest children's nonprofit and has dedicated over 132 years of care to at-risk children and teens in the community. The organization was founded in 1887 by prominent San Diegans including Kate Sessions and Mrs. Elisha Babcock, daughter in law of the creator of the Hotel Del Coronado.

The San Diego Center For Children was chosen by Sullivan Solar Power as a way to give back for their long-standing dedication to the children and families of the city and provide them with a more sustainable way to serve the community. The Director of Philanthropy, Kristi Worley says, “It is important for us to be a leader in both the identification and treatment of children's mental health as well as respecting our environment as we grow our programs and services.” The Center takes pride in being able to benefit our families as well our environment and recognizes the importance of both. Worley agrees that “thinking of the impact our infrastructure has on the environment, as well as the important role our natural surroundings play in our overall mental health are very important to our community.”

The solar energy system produces up to 19,674 kWh of clean renewable energy per year and saves the center over $4,000 annually for the now 12 acre campus. This is equivalent to saving 46,000 pounds of coal from being burned into the atmosphere during these past three years in operation. These savings allow the Center to continue “to provide the excellent level of treatment to children and families struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral health challenges by growing our services and programs,” states Worley. The center serves over 1,000 children and families each day.

The Center is continuing to stand out as a leader in sustainability as they renovate their residential cottages for children and teens. All of the new materials and supplies that are going into the project are environmentally sustainable with long-term cost savings for the center.

Sullivan Solar Power is grateful for the opportunity to give back and to be able see the real impact that solar systems have on these organizations that are truly making a difference. Nonprofits like these are essential to the clean energy revolution in order to achieve the overall goal of an equitable and sustainable future.

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