Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County near solar goal

  • May 10, 2018
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County’s (BGCMC) green living practices include water conservation, recycling and waste management, composting, and energy conservation programs such as the use of LED lighting. The Clubs are now switching to solar at both their Salinas and Seaside locations.

A $250,000 grant from the Harden Foundation covered the cost of the solar panels at the Harden Youth Development Center in Salinas. Grants from the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation, the Posey Family Foundation, and the Flagg Family Foundation funded the Seaside solar project with $188,000. An additional $21,000 is needed to address repairs to the 24-year-old roof at the Seaside Clubhouse.

Using solar panels at both Clubhouses reduces the organization’s carbon footprint by 5,400 tons of CO2 emissions over the life of the system and saves over $80,000 a year in utility bills.

For more information about BGCMC, visit them online at For information about supporting the project, please contact our development staff at or call (831) 394-5171.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC) has played an integral role in the community for over 50 years. BGCMC operates Clubhouses in Seaside and Salinas, providing a safe haven for over 600 children and teens a day with programs that focus on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, Good Character & Leadership. Club members are offered mentoring and guidance to maintain on-grade school progression, graduate from high school, and prepare for college and careers. Nearly 90% of the total budget comes from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. The Clubs are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. during summer and school breaks, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. when school is in session.  Additional information is available at or via phone at 831-394-5171.