Solar for Zona

“The leadership and vision demonstrated by the Youth Allies at Zona del Sol won them our grant award”, said Karen Paramanandam, Marketing Director at Positive Energy Solar.  “It was hard to choose between the applicants all of whom are doing great work for Santa Fe and would gain a lot from going solar.”  Paramanandam said.


The grant process began in April with seven Santa Fe non-profits creating videos telling the story of how solar would benefit their organization.  The videos were posted on Positive Energy Solar’s YouTube page and the community voted on their favorite video.  The three organizations with the most votes were: Youth Works, Homewise and Zona del Sol.  Then each of those three organization’s sites was evaluated for good locations for solar and completed an interview with the Positive Energy Solar grant committee.  In the end, Zona del Sol’s proposal scored the highest.


Zona del Sol is a youth and family community center operated by the Santa Fe Youth & Family Center.  Their mission is to coordinate resources to expand services that benefit and enrich the Santa Fe south side community.  “The average person has little understanding of how our energy system works or how we can change it for the better. This grant from Positive Energy Solar to Zona del Sol, will serve at least 3 goals: to reduce pollution caused by burning coal to create electricity; increase education and awareness about the benefits of solar for working families and businesses; and reduce our energy costs so we can provide more services to the community” said Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director, New Energy Economy. “This is a vital piece in creating an energy system that reflects the values of our community members, especially the youth.”


“Positive Energy Solar is committed to clean, affordable solar electricity in our communities. Through these grants, non profits that might not otherwise be able to, can reduce long term energy costs and use clean, renewable energy that is aligned with their values.” said Regina Wheeler, CEO Positive Energy Solar.

This solar grant is co-sponsored by Renesola.  “Both Positive Energy and Renesola understand the importance of providing such donations to educate the public about the tremendous financial and environmental benefits associated with solar electricity,” said Brian Armentrout, Director of Marketing, Renesola.

Grant applications are being accepted by Positive Energy Solar in Las Cruces and Albuquerque through September 30th.  For grant criteria and step-by-step application instructions, visit


Positive Energy Solar is New Mexico’s leading residential and commercial solar installer and the largest Certified B Corporation in the state. Customers trust Positive Energy Solar to provide maximum value from their investment in solar.

Zona del Sol houses Earth Care and ArtSmart’s program offices. It provides programming space regularly for La Familia, Cooking with Kids, Home Grown NM, Youth Works and Food Depot food distribution. It is also is a venue for many community events on the south side of Santa Fe.

About ReneSola

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Watch their solar grant video application here.