Anonymous Donor Funds Six Solar Installations-A Success Story by Dave Strenski olarYpsi is a group of volunteers who educate, design, and install photovoltaic (PV) systems around Ypsilanti, Michigan. Started in 2005, Solar-Ypsi has given over 200 face-to-face pre-sentations to over 5,000 people at local events and reached over a quarter million views on YouTube (SolarYpsi.org/Goog-leVideo.html) in 2011 when Google fea-tured SolarYpsi in a nationally televised commercial. Founder Dave Strenski has been invited to speak at dozens of local organizations and gave a TEDx talk in 2013 (SolarYpsi.org/TEDxVideo.html). His S dream is to make Ypsilanti a “Solar Desti-nation,” a place to learn about solar energy with hundreds of examples around town (SolarYpsi.org/AerialVideos.html). An Anonymous Phone Call SolarYpsi receives a steady stream of phone calls, letters, and emails asking for help with solar projects or request-ing a presentation. When Strenski's home phone rang one evening in the summer of 2014, it turned out to be an unusual request. The caller asked for Dave, and then started to explain how they wanted to donate $75,000 to SolarYpsi to fund more solar projects in Ypsilanti. Strenski was elated, but reluctantly had to tell the caller that SolarYpsi could not accept the funds since it was not a 501(c)3 organi-zation, nor even incorporated. Not want-ing to miss a potential opportunity, Dave asked the caller for a few days to think over a way for a charitable donation to be put to use. An initial idea was to partner with an existing organization to broker the funds. However, a portion of the funds would Josh Cole and John Wakeman from SUR Energy attach the SolarEdge optimizers to the Corner Health Center rack. PHOTOS COURTESY OF S OLAR Y PSI 34 SPRING 2017 SOLAR TODAY Copyright © 2014 American Solar Energy Society. All rights reserved.