From Solar Energy To Social Good

Donate Your Roof is using solar energy to remove the financial burden of corporate social investment from both the private sector and NPOs, creating sustainable social good in South Africa.
Using Donate Your Roof, Spear REIT has partnered with Women’s Property Network with the long-term goal of generating in excess of R4 000 000 over the next 20 years. This money will be used to empower women in the property industry through university-level education.
In 2019, while investing in solar PV technology across their properties,
Spear REIT decided to join the Donate Your Roof programme to take advantage of unutilised roof space.
Without additional capital expenditure, they converted solar energy into donations for Women's Property Network.
Through Donate Your Roof both Spear REIT and Women's Property Network were able to accomplish their goals.
How It Works
The Upside

DYR & Spear REIT in Numbers

Quintin and his team donated the 1002m2 roof space of their Radnor Road property

How WPN Used the Funds

Nicky and her team used these donations to award Anele Nkosi a bursary. She used the funds to complete her 2nd year of a Bachelor of Architecture*.

Over the course of the next 20 years many powerful women will go on to change the property industry. Thanks to Spear REIT and Donate Your Roof, Women's Property Network will have the resources needed to help women study and develop their careers.

For organisations like Women's Property Network,
Donate Your Roof is an attractive fundraising tool to:
This is

Quintin Rossi

Chief Executive Officer

Spear REIT limited

And…

This is
Nicky Chetty

National coordinator

Women’s Property Network

Quintin likes to

Invest in high-quality, income-generating real estate

Maximise business growth
Do social good
As part of the private sector, their main objective is to run a profitable business, but also contribute to the social good of the country.

Nicky likes to

Create and develop meaningful networks

Introduce more women into the property industry

Develop and advance women’s careers

As part of the non-profit sector, WPN’s main objective is to drive social change, but also remain financially sustainable.

Together, they have partnered to achieve their goals.

This is where

comes in

In 2019, while investing in solar PV technology across their properties,

Spear REIT decided to join the Donate Your Roof programme to take advantage of unutilised roof space.

Without additional capital expenditure, they converted solar energy into donations for Women’s Property Network.

Through Donate Your Roof both Spear REIT and Women’s Property Network were able to accomplish their goals.

How It Works

Step 1

Private individuals invest in solar panels through FedGroup’s Impact Farming app, providing the capital for the hardware and installation.

Step 2

Donate Your Roof’s solar partner, Emergent Energy, uses the private investment to design, install and operate the solar PV system on the roof of any commercial/industrial properties.

Step 3

The business consumes the solar energy generated by their roof.

Step 4

They receive a monthly rental income for leasing their roof space.

Step 5

The roof rental revenue is donated to charity.

The Upside

Saves time and money:

Donate Your Roof supplies the upfront capital through privately funded solar panels, and installs them for you. All that’s required of you is the leasing of your roof space.

Environmentally friendly:

You’re reducing carbon emissions through green energy.

Social good:

The money you generate can change the world, one initiative at a time.

Better business:

By donating your roof space you can improve your BEE scorecard, reduce taxable income and increase property yield.

DYR & Spear REIT in Numbers

Quintin and his team donated the 1002m2 roof space of their Radnor Road property

308

solar panels fitted

139 740 kWh

generated a year

R7663

Generated a month

R4 005 000

of accumulated donations over 20 years

How WPN Used the Funds

Nicky and her team used these donations to award Anele Nkosi a bursary. She used the funds to complete her 2nd year of a Bachelor of Architecture*.

Over the course of the next 20 years, many powerful women will go on to change the property industry. Thanks to Spear REIT and Donate Your Roof, Women’s Property Network will have the resources needed to help women study and develop their careers.

For organisations like Women’s Property Network, Donate Your Roof is an attractive fundraising tool to:

Remove the fundraising burden
from private-sector partners

Add independence and flexibility
to the NPO business model

Secure sustainable funding that
safeguards NPO's against economic ups
and downs, and allows them to focus
on what matters most - doing good

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