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Solar One

aka CEC Stuyvesant Cove, Inc.   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.solar1.org
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Solar One

EIN: 52-2440116


Mission

Solar One is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments. We empower learning that changes the way people think about energy, sustainability, and resilience by engaging and educating a diverse set of stakeholders and beneficiaries. Our programs help individuals and communities explore new ways of living and working that are more adaptive to a changing world.

Ruling year info

2004

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Stephen Levin

Main address

9-03 44th Road Suite 201

New York, NY 11101 USA

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EIN

52-2440116

Subject area info

Environment

Community improvement

Environmental education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Economically disadvantaged people

Unemployed people

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Climate change is one of the biggest social and political problem of our lifetimes. Solar One's work uses a number of strategies to stop climate change, using outreach and education to help people and organizations make choices to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate already-existing effects of climate change, while also fighting for environmental justice.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Green Design Lab K-12 Environmental Education

Solar Ones Green Design Lab (GDL) is a hands-on, K-12 environmental STEM education program and curriculum, which provides resources and professional development for teachers, and classroom residency programs for students. With climate literacy, career exploration, hard skills training, and work-based learning, it is considered a go-to program for New York City public schools as well as Newark, NJ students. The Green Design Lab program inspires and prepares students to contribute to the clean energy economy through creative problem- solving, experiential learning, and real-world application of environmental STEM skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Solar One's Green Workforce Program offers green hard skills technical training and industry-recognized certifications and specialized placement services tied to green building operations and maintenance, energy efficiency, and solar. We deliver our courses in active, hands-on formats at our state-of-the-art training lab located in Queens. Our program helps increase environmental equity in the green economy and involves those most impacted by climate change in the production of solutions for their communities.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Energy Connections supports local State and City climate and
clean energy initiatives. We use targeted outreach, education, and planning assistance strategies to advance the implementation of high impact actions to meet climate change goals. Energy Connections creates awareness amongst building decision makers, residents, and businesses to drive investment in energy efficiency. The program works with NYC agencies to provide technical assistance for initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as energy efficiency and electrification. And it forms and leverages strategic partnerships through boots on the ground outreach to community-based organizations in the City’s diverse communities, real estate industry groups, and other stakeholders.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Here Comes Solar envisions urban communities where solar power is accessible, affordable and incredibly common. We are working to make this vision a reality by helping affordable housing providers, multifamily co-ops, environmental justice groups, and community centers make their solar projects happen. We are developing new financing, ownership and procurement models for solar in the city, expanding the market to better serve communities who have had limited access to date. With each project we are building an employment pipeline for our Green Workforce Training graduates, bringing clean energy and employment opportunities to those who need it most.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Solar One maintains Stuyvesant Cove Park, a 2-acre jewel, with all-native plant species, nestled between the FDR Drive, one of Manhattans busiest highways, and the East River. Solar One delivers local stewardship events, educational field trips, and climate learning at the Park.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Sunny Award for Equitable Community Solar 2022

Department of Energy

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people

Related Program

Green Workforce Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of megawatts (MW) of new, committed solar capacity

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Here Comes Solar

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students reached through STEM learning opportunities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Green Design Lab K-12 Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2018 values included indirect reach; from 2019 forward we tracked direct reach only.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Solar One's mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments. We empower learning that changes the way people think about energy, sustainability, and resilience by engaging and educating a diverse set of stakeholders and beneficiaries. Our programs help individuals and communities explore new ways of living and working that are more adaptive to a changing world.

Solar One achieves our goals by delivering a wide array of programming that educates a diversity of people across the five boroughs of New York City and in the metro area. Our programs include a K-12 environmental education program, the Green Design Lab; a Green Workforce Program, which provides un- and under-employed adults with hard skills technical training and industry-recognized certifications and specialized placement services tied to green building operations and maintenance and energy efficiency; Energy Connections, which creates awareness among building decision makers, residents, and businesses to drive investment in energy efficiency; Here Comes Solar, a program to make solar more accessible, affordable, and common in New York City; and Stuyvesant Cove Park, a sustainably-managed, engineered native forest located on the East River and host to arts, family, and educational programs.

The history of Solar One represents a triumph of community organizing, and is a fascinating success story of a group of concerned citizens who intervened to fight for open green space and maintain Manhattan's waterfront as public space. The site of Stuyvesant Cove Park, which Solar One now manages, was long used as part of New York City's working waterfront. It sits on land that was formerly occupied by the East 21st Street Manufactured Gas Plan. It was transformed from abandoned industrial space to sustainably-managed public green space, and is the culmination of the combined work of a group of concerned citizens and many city stakeholders.

Since then, Solar One, which was originally created to manage Stuyvesant Cove Park and a small environmental education center (Solar 1), has grown exponentially into an award-winning organization with a thriving array of programs promoting urban sustainability and education in all five boroughs of NYC. Our programs include K-12 environmental education, green workforce training, solar technical assistance, and maintenance of Stuyvesant Cove Park. Solar One has reached tens of thousands of people through its arts, education, workforce development, and public outreach programs.

Solar One has reached tens of thousands of people with our environmental and energy education programs. We've taught thousands of students; helped all types of buildings avoid tons of greenhouse gas emissions; helped businesses save money through energy efficiency measures; facilitated solar installations in high-barrier markets, and connected thousands of energy professionals to each other and to new ideas. However, the work to move to clean energy and to create a more sustainable urban environment is ongoing. We will continue to tailor our programs and strategies to move forward that agenda.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.71

Average of 1.11 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.9

Average of 2.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

20%

Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Solar One

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Solar One’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$11,552 $249,350 $1,235 $781,613 -$196,048
As % of expenses -0.3% 6.2% 0.0% 14.2% -2.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$14,705 $249,350 $1,235 $781,613 -$206,420
As % of expenses -0.4% 6.2% 0.0% 14.2% -3.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,877,421 $4,620,786 $3,720,951 $6,047,317 $9,352,375
Total revenue, % change over prior year -25.6% 60.6% -19.5% 62.5% 54.7%
Program services revenue 38.0% 28.9% 35.8% 21.4% 14.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 44.4% 28.2% 28.8% 46.2% 33.8%
All other grants and contributions 17.1% 42.7% 35.3% 32.3% 51.3%
Other revenue 0.5% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,488,788 $3,993,844 $4,071,999 $5,513,532 $6,757,142
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.2% 14.5% 2.0% 35.4% 22.6%
Personnel 73.3% 69.6% 70.9% 60.9% 55.8%
Professional fees 14.5% 18.5% 20.9% 33.0% 35.7%
Occupancy 3.8% 3.6% 3.1% 1.1% 4.2%
Interest 0.3% 0.3% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 1.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 8.1% 6.8% 4.8% 4.9% 4.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,491,941 $3,993,844 $4,071,999 $5,513,532 $6,767,514
One month of savings $290,732 $332,820 $339,333 $459,461 $563,095
Debt principal payment $60,737 $81,000 $56,500 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $103,585
Total full costs (estimated) $3,843,410 $4,407,664 $4,467,832 $5,972,993 $7,434,194

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.3 1.6 3.3 3.7 3.9
Months of cash and investments 2.3 1.6 3.3 3.7 3.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.4 1.0 0.9 2.3 1.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $669,293 $536,603 $1,131,251 $1,696,448 $2,198,033
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $596,838 $1,475,142 $958,578 $1,530,215 $3,189,109
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,886,913 $1,825,309 $1,825,309 $1,551,779 $1,655,364
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 14.5% 15.0% 15.0% 0.0% 0.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.3% 13.2% 24.1% 31.0% 37.7%
Unrestricted net assets $1,594,461 $1,843,811 $1,845,046 $2,626,659 $2,420,239
Temporarily restricted net assets $898,921 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $898,921 $1,276,513 $924,230 $676,402 $3,467,683
Total net assets $2,493,382 $3,120,324 $2,769,276 $3,303,061 $5,887,922

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Stephen Levin

Stephen grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey and after graduating from Brown University in 2003, came to Brooklyn to work as a Community Organizer. He worked in the Housing office of Riseboro Community Partnerships (formerly Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council) in Bushwick, Brooklyn from 2004-2006, running a Lead Safe House Program which relocated lead-poisoned children and their families and an Anti-Predatory Lending Program which worked with distressed neighborhood property owners to address the proliferation of predatory lending practices. From 2006-2009, Stephen worked with the New York State Assembly, where he worked on affordable housing legislation that affected thousands of New York State residents. Stephen was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 and served as Councilmember for the 33rd District in Brooklyn from 2010-2021. As Councilmember, Stephen negotiated dozens of land use projects and prioritized expanding affordable housing and open space including ensuring

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Solar One

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/26/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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Gross receipts from fundraising
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