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Help us install the first solar streetlight in Highland Park, MI and kick off our campaign for the next 199!
Aj Oneil
4,404 Facebook Friends
Highland Park, Michigan
United States
4 Team Members

Bold Beginnings

In 2011, after years of unpaid electrical bills the City of Highland Park lost  over 1,000 of its streetlights. Soulardarity is a campaign to install 200 solar streetlights over 5 years, and bring the neighborhood back. AJ O'Neil, known for his Detroit Bold coffee and famous cafe, is spearheading the project. This first streetlight will mark the beginning of something big, an ignition of a new model,  one that lights the community! At dusk on Thanksgiving Day, it will light up - with your generous support!

So where's your money going?

Every penny of this $6250 will go towards the building, ordering, transportation, and installation of this streetlight.

Solarstreetlights USA in Holland, Michigan is providing this Made In Michigan light. These are LED lights with a solar panel, inverter, and battery system. These lights are top-notch commercial grade with optimal light range and battery life!

We very much appreciate and need your support.

*For $10, you will be immortalized (!!) on Facebook and the Soulardarity website as a contributor.

* For $30, you'll get a  bag of AJ's delicious Detroit Bold, special Solar Blend dark roasted coffee

* For $100, you'll get the 4- pack variety of AJ's Detroit Bold  from AJ'sCoffeeWorksCo. here in Highland Park!

* For $1000, you'll get to meet the team, tour our home base and  neighborhood AND be treated to lunch at Red Hot's- The first Coney Island in Michigan- in Old Highland Park , plus  go home with the Detroit Bold coffee variety pack!

*For $5000, a solar streetlight will ALSO be yours to name, in the honor of who or whatever you want with a permanant nameplate affixed for all to see.

If we don't reach our goal, never fear. This streetlight is going in, if we have to haul bricks and beg for change to make it happen. We think Highland Park and the great legacy that they hold in American manufacturing and economic growth is too important. If we exceed our goal, all the better. We've got 199 more of these things to install - excess will go directly towards them!

Moving Forward

Not only are streetlights proven to reduce crime and increase business activity, but solar energy is a sound, safe investment; a boon for the environment and everyone who's tired of paying the rising cost of electricity. Our streetlights are manufactured locally, reducing transportation costs and supporting the Michigan's economy. Perhaps the most important part of the campaign is that, in the end, the streetlights will be community owned and managed and no one will ever be able to take them away from Highland Park. This campaign will provide a model - for other cities and towns to follow.

We aim to bring this project across the nation - to sustainably light up every state and city we can reach! 

How else can I help?

If you can't give right now, but would like to be involved, contact us at soulardarity@gmail.com. We're looking for...

-Detroit area bands to take part in our concert series

-Future donors interested in larger grants, or sponsorship of the concert series

-Anyone interested in community economy, sustainability, and the future of this and other urban cities!


Checks can be sent to...


116 Candler St.

Highland Park, MI 48203

Go to www.soulardarity.com for more info!!!

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raised by 84 people in 1 month
105% funded
No time left
$6,250 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on December 1, 2012
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Gratitude and Facebook Fame!

    You will have our eternal gratitude, a mention on our facebook page, and inclusion on our interactive Highland Park Solar Streetlight map (coming soon!!!)!

    22 out of 100000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $30USD
    That good ol' Detroit Bold!

    1/2 lb. bag of Detroit Bold special Solar Blend rich dark roast coffee from AJ'sCoffeeWorksCo. famous coffee, roasted in Highland Park,with the special all-new Solar blend! (Decaf available upon request)

    25 out of 10000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $100USD
    The Detroit Bold variety pack!

    4 1/2 lb bags of Detroit Bold: Colombian Espresso, Vienna Roast, French Roast, and the Solar Blend! (Decaf available upon request)

    16 out of 10000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $1,000USD
    Historic Tour of HP!

    We'll show you the world's first assembly line, our local farm, our offices, the future site of AJ's next cafe, our roasting facilities, St. Benedict's church, and Red Hot's, the oldest Coney Island in the state of Michigan- right here in Old Highland Park! You'll walk away with a free meal, an excellent caffeinated beverage, and the Detroit Bold variety pack!

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $5,000USD
    Naming Rights!

    A Streetlight named and engraved in the honor of who/whatever you want (suitable for public display, of course)! The streetlight will appear under your this name on our interactive website. Included is the Historic Tour and Detroit Bold value pack!

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2012
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