About the campaign
Did you know Prince used to secretly buy people solar panels?
“The world needs to know that it wasn't just the music” Van Jones told the world the day after Prince died. "There are people who have solar panels right now on their houses in Oakland, California that don't know Prince paid for them."
And that’s only part of the story. As Prince’s ex-wife, Manuela Testolini put it, Prince was a “fierce philanthropist.” When he arrived in town to do a show, he didn’t just bring music. He’d pile up boxes for a local food bank. If it was cold, he’d run a coat drive. He donated to everything from community gardens to coding clubs for urban youth, as well as racial justice, women’s shelters, arts festivals, support for migrants, animal welfare, and sexual health.
We think this is worth remembering. What’s more, we think it’s worth building on.
We’re inviting everyone to celebrate and extend Prince’s legacy by fundraising for solar on the roofs of organisations fighting for the causes he believed in.
We’ve brought together six great projects, all with rooftops screaming out for solar panels. They include a food bank just south of Wembley (which Prince played many times), a unique community-led horticultural project in the middle of Manchester, an LGBT+ helpline that’s been running since the 1970s, a community centre in Glasgow which survived council cuts in the 1990s when users heroically occupied it for 55 days and nights, the only community recording studio and rehearsal space on the Isle of Wight, and a dance education initiative right in the heart of Welsh coal country.
We want to raise £30,000 to turn all six of these awesome projects into solar power stations.
We’ve helped schools and community groups go solar before, and know the power and independence it can bring. By going solar, these sites not only become climate solutions, but save a chunk of money on their electricity bills too, helping them become more economically sustainable. Solar panels aren't just for rich eco-enthusiasts. They're something everybody should be able to benefit from.
Donate today. Tell your friends. Run a Princely fundraiser at work or with friends. Be part of the new power generation.