Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation

  • Oakland, CA
  • www.alleviatepovertynow.org

Mission Statement

The
foundation was created so public service programs like hospitals, schools,
municipalities and villages and families can be less dependent on traditional energy sources
and thereby lessen economic hardships and reduce the environmental impact and
health hazards. Our mission is to offer solar photovoltaic systems with wind generators
and small hydroelectric generators to help lift communities out of poverty.
REEF intends to educate the general public of the benefits of renewable energy
and train local tradesmen in photovoltaic and wind energy technologies to
establish a pool of qualified technicians and foster a sustainable renewable
energy market.

Main Programs

  1. Green Hospital Program

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Service Areas

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International

REEF intends to deliver energy efficient and sustainable programs that improve the lives of rural farming communities in the Philippines.

ruling year

2008

Principal Officer since 2008

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Mr. Ralph Chesley

Keywords

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renewable, energy, technology, solar, wind, generator, turbine, poverty, hospital, green, sustainable, developing, countries, Filipino, healthcare, alleviate, development, non-profit, donation, donate, photovoltaic,

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EIN

30-0453051

 Number

2852373178

Physical Address

3943 Vale Ave

Oakland, CA 94619 9461

Also Known As

REEF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rural (S32)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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REEF created the Family First Program to identify families living in extreme poverty too poor to afford electricity and equip them with solar power. There are numerous articles and studies that collaborate a direct relationship between electricity, or lack of, and cultural poverty. The program benefits are children have a higher percentage of completing primary and secondary education, fewer pregnancies, removal of bio-fuels as a source of light. Clean wood burning stoves reduce by 80% smoke particulate from 3 stone open pit fireplace. 

 

 REEF and its representatives from local government units and hospital administrators signed an agreement to install solar systems on three hospitals and to support REEF's Green Hospital Program. Located in the province of Zambales, Philippines this is the first known instance of renewable energy technology (RET) applied to hospitals on the main island. The smallest of the three hospital's has an anticipated energy savings over the life of the solar system is approximately $525,000, not including the 5% - 7% annual utility rate increase. 

And as part of its sustainability program the local utility agreed to take part in REEF's RET training program were utility electricians receive training in installation, maintenance and troubleshooting techniques and it turn they train local trade organizations.  The net effect is to establish the province with a pool of highly trained technicians in the field of renewable energy.

Programs

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

Program 1

Green Hospital Program

With the savings from reduced electric costs from a hybrid solar photovoltaic systems with wind generators, hospitals have added capacity to improve delivery of healthcare services. Program improvements range from expanded prescription programs for indigenous families to nutritional classes focused on prevention of heart disease.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Asian/Pacific Islander

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$420,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

REEF intends to deliver energy efficient and sustainable programs that improve the lives of rural farming communities in the Philippines.

Funding Needs

REEF has set aggressive goals for itself, in part, based on client needs and the cost to deliver those services.  The breakdown is as follows: Contribution Income set for $135,000; Grants set for $150,000; and In-kind corporate donation set for $60,000 for a total of $345,000 projected income for 2010.

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Renewable Energy Enterprises Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Ralph Chesley

BIO

Born
in Manila, Philippines and raised in Candelaria, Zambales until the age of 12, Ralph
returned after 38 years in 2003 to find living conditions remained at
subsistence farming. He sought to make a
change, and five years later he formed REEF a 501(c)3 public charity non-profit
international tax-exempt organization. Its mission, to alleviate poverty
focuses on health care, education career development and family assistance
through the use of renewable energy technologies.

 Prior
to REEF, Ralph designed solar systems and presented environmental and economic
cost benefit analysis on solar PV systems. With 20 years in the energy
industry, Ralph work in the utility power industry both in fossil and nuclear
power plants assisting Fortune 500 utilities in western United States and
Canada improve plant efficiencies. As a registered
energy auditor with CEC, home owners and small business owners benefited from
his energy efficiency recommendations. 

As
President and CEO, Ralph is responsible for the success of REEF’s mission. He
oversees the daily operations while developing new programs to broaden its
reach to serve the poor. 

 Ralph
serves on the Board of Directors for The Candelarians, an association of
ex-pats from his home town and is a member on the advisory board for the Center
for Filipino Studies, under the auspices of California State University of East
Bay directed by Efren Padilla, PhD.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"REEF offers its community recipients an opportunity to lift itself out of poverty through the installation of hybrid solar systems in areas of highly centralized activities like hospitals. The uniqueness of REEF's Green Hospital program is the immediate distribution of healthcare benefits in the form of expanded free prescription program, prenatal-post natal care, reliable emergency ambulance service or health education to lower cases of heart disease to name a few."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Vice President Nick Rogers

No Affiliation

Term: Feb 2010 - Jan 2013

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