Non Profit Partnerships
SolHomes Inc. is a non profit organization founded in 2020 by Illinois Solar Decathlon's former President, Jonah Messinger. SolHomes goal is to bridge the energy inequality gap that is present internationally.
"SolHomes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that addresses energy inequality by deploying resilient and sustainable energy projects to support healthcare facilities, schools, and other critical infrastructure in emerging economies. SolHomes was started by a group of University of Illinois students to design, build, and finance a net-zero energy solar-powered home, named ADAPTHAUS, for the US Department of Energy 2021 Solar Decathlon Build Challenge and, post-competition, for Habitat for Humanity. After completing and donating the ADAPTHAUS project, SolHomes explored a variety of nonprofit missions to work toward, engaging in a range of projects, including a solar and battery storage system for a healthcare clinic in Western Nepal and mobile microgrids for Hurricane Ida victims without power in rural Louisiana."
The board of SolHomes is made up of UIUC Alumni and previous members of Illinois Solar Decathlon. With the help of SolHomes, Illinois Solar Decathlon was able to donate the 2022 Build Project, Adapthaus, to Habitat for Humanity.