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Giving back to those who have served so valiantly
Semper Solaris is deeply connected to our nation’s military, both past and present. So many men and women have given so much for our freedom, Semper’s founders, Kelly Shawhan and John Almond, felt strongly about giving back to our veterans and local communities. This desire was the genesis of the Semper Cares Initiative, an on-going program to help deserving veterans and their families with major home improvements. The Semper Cares Initiative has found tremendous support from local and national charitable groups. Semper has also put out the call to their suppliers and contractors and they have risen to the challenge. Owens Corning, Panasonic of North America, SolarWorld and SolarEdge have donated tens of thousands of dollars in material and personnel to our projects to date and have committed to supporting future Semper Cares Projects.

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Semper Cares for Veterans

Semper Solaris and The Semper Cares Initiative bring a military focus onto every job and mission. Humanitarian efforts have been part of American military history and this tradition continues with the Semper Cares Initiative. Learn more about our past projects and take part in selecting the target of our next effort, Project Delta.

Project Alpha

SMP Carl Schffrina

Name: Carl Schaffrina

Service Branch: US Navy

Charitable Ally: Habitat for Humanity

Logistical Support: Owens Corning, Panasonic of North America, SolarEdge

Mission:

The Semper Cares Initiative was introduced to Carl through the efforts of Habitat For Humanity’s Veteran Programs. Carl served in the Navy for 12 years around the world as an Avionics Technician. After his discharge he returned to San Diego, where he met and married his wife, Jodi. Living in a residence owned by Jodi’s family for over 30 years, Carl recognized that the home was in desperate need of major repairs to the roof. Living on a fixed income from disability has made meeting their monthly bills harder and harder. The constant increases in electricity costs have hit their family especially hard.

Project Alpha

After-Action Review:

Kelly Shawhan, co-owner of Semper Solaris used his contacts within the industry to bring Owens Corning alongside to assist Project Alpha by donating all the materials to replace the roof on the Schaffrina home. A brand-new roof carrying a 50 year manufacturers warranty will ensure the Schaffrina family has a solid roof for the rest of their lives.  Panasonic, after hearing the story, agreed to donate a 5Kw solar power system for the Schaffrina home as well. SolarEdge has generously donated the inverter and associated hardware to complete the solar system. The employees of Semper Solaris, many former military, stepped up as well. Semper Solaris donated the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation personnel, labor and hardware. Carl and Jodi are humbled and appreciative of this support and look forward to no longer worrying about the rainy season and further increases in electricity prices. At the end of the project, Jodi commented, “I can’t wait to go to church on Sunday and tell them, you don’t have to pray for us any longer.  We received our blessing.”

Project Bravo

SMP Povas Miknaitis

Name: Povas Miknaitis

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Charitable Ally: Warrior Fooundation Freedom Station

Logistical Support: Solar World, SolarEdge

Mission:

Project Bravo was formulated to support former Marine Corps sniper, Povas Miknaitis. Miknaitis was wounded in Iraq by an IED, causing major damage to his head and face. Semper Solaris was introduced to Povas through the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. WFFS operates a cutting-edge halfway house for wounded veterans, helping them reintegrate into the community.

Project Bravo

After-Action Review:

Semper Solaris called for help and SolarWorld responded with a new 5Kw solar power system for his home and SolarEdge again stepped up with the inverter and hardware to complete the job. For the installation, Semper Solaris’ call to action was answered by fellow Devil Dog Jason Spear and his firm, Combined Energy. Jason and his crew, including former military as well, donated all the labor to install. Semper Solaris is contributed the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation hardware.

Project Charlie

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Name: Paul Dugas

Service
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 Marine Corps

Charitable Ally: Panasonic

 

 

Mission:

The third Semper Cares Initiative operation, Project Charlie, had the privilege to honor Paul Dugas on Veteran’s Day 2018. To find the deserving beneficiary for this operation, Semper Solaris requested nominations to learn more about the stories of the American men and women that are so deserving of our support and honor. After countless nominations, Paul Dugas, a former marine, was selected. Paul was nominated by his neighbor Dev Zaveri-Tabb, who is also a veteran. Dev shared Paul’s story with us — from his years of faithful service to his severe back injury to his fight with cancer, Paul always kept his perseverance and spirits high. It was an honor to meet Paul and stand alongside him through Project Charlie!

Project Charlie

After-Action Review:

To make Project Charlie possible, Semper Solaris counted with the help of Panasonic to donate the panels and SolarEdge to provide the inverter and hardware, while Semper was happy to provide labor to install the hardware and logistic support for analysis and permitting. On Veterans Day 2018 the installation was complete and the solar system was turned on. Semper and Paul’s community were able to come together to honor him that day.

Project Delta

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Name: ???

Service
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Charitable Ally: ???

 

 

Mission:

Coming soon!

Project Delta

After-Action Review:

Coming soon!

Project Alpha

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Name: Carl Schaffrina

Service Branch: US Navy

Charitable Ally: Habitat for Humanity

Logistical Support: Owens Corning, Panasonic of North America, SolarEdge

Mission:

The Semper Cares Initiative was introduced to Carl through the efforts of Habitat For Humanity’s Veteran Programs. Carl served in the Navy for 12 years around the world as an ...Read More
The Semper Cares Initiative was introduced to Carl through the efforts of Habitat For Humanity’s Veteran Programs. Carl served in the Navy for 12 years around the world as an Avionics Technician. After his discharge he returned to San Diego, where he met and married his wife, Jodi. Living in a residence owned by Jodi’s family for over 30 years, Carl recognized that the home was in desperate need of major repairs to the roof. Living on a fixed income from disability has made meeting their monthly bills harder and harder. The constant increases in electricity costs have hit their family especially hard.

Project Alpha

After-Action Review:

Kelly Shawhan, co-owner of Semper Solaris used his contacts within the industry to bring Owens Corning alongside to assist Project Alpha by donating all the materials to replace ...Read More
Kelly Shawhan, co-owner of Semper Solaris used his contacts within the industry to bring Owens Corning alongside to assist Project Alpha by donating all the materials to replace the roof on the Schaffrina home. A brand-new roof carrying a 50 year manufacturers warranty will ensure the Schaffrina family has a solid roof for the rest of their lives. Panasonic, after hearing the story, agreed to donate a 5Kw solar power system for the Schaffrina home as well. SolarEdge has generously donated the inverter and associated hardware to complete the solar system. The employees of Semper Solaris, many former military, stepped up as well. Semper Solaris donated the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation personnel, labor and hardware. Carl and Jodi are humbled and appreciative of this support and look forward to no longer worrying about the rainy season and further increases in electricity prices. At the end of the project, Jodi commented, “I can’t wait to go to church on Sunday and tell them, you don’t have to pray for us any longer. We received our blessing.”

Project Bravo

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Name: Povas Miknaitis

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Charitable Ally: Warrior Fooundation Freedom Station

Logistical Support: Solar World, SolarEdge

Mission:

Project Bravo was formulated to support former Marine Corps sniper, Povas Miknaitis. Miknaitis was wounded in Iraq by an IED, causing major damage to his head and face. Semper Solaris ...Read More
Project Bravo was formulated to support former Marine Corps sniper, Povas Miknaitis. Miknaitis was wounded in Iraq by an IED, causing major damage to his head and face. Semper Solaris was introduced to Povas through the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. WFFS operates a cutting-edge halfway house for wounded veterans, helping them reintegrate into the community.

Project Bravo

After-Action Review:

Semper Solaris called for help and SolarWorld responded with a new 5Kw solar power system for his home and SolarEdge again stepped up with the inverter and hardware to ...Read More
Semper Solaris called for help and SolarWorld responded with a new 5Kw solar power system for his home and SolarEdge again stepped up with the inverter and hardware to complete the job. For the installation, Semper Solaris’ call to action was answered by fellow Devil Dog Jason Spear and his firm, Combined Energy. Jason and his crew, including former military as well, donated all the labor to install. Semper Solaris is contributed the logistic support (analysis and permitting) as well as all the installation hardware.

Project Charlie

Name: Paul Dugas

Service Branch: Marine Corps

Charitable Ally: Panasonic


Mission:

The third Semper Cares Initiative operation, Project Charlie, had the privilege to honor Paul Dugas on Veteran’s Day 2018. To find the deserving beneficiary for this operation, Semper ...Read More
Solaris requested nominations to learn more about the stories of the American men and women that are so deserving of our support and honor. After countless nominations, Paul Dugas, a former marine, was selected. Paul was nominated by his neighbor Dev Zaveri-Tabb, who is also a veteran. Dev shared Paul’s story with us — from his years of faithful service to his severe back injury to his fight with cancer, Paul always kept his perseverance and spirits high. It was an honor to meet Paul and stand alongside him through Project Charlie!

Project Charlie

After-Action Review:

To make Project Charlie possible, Semper Solaris counted with the help of Panasonic to donate the panels and SolarEdge to provide the inverter and hardware, while Semper ...Read More
was happy to provide labor to install the hardware and logistic support for analysis and permitting. On Veterans Day 2018 the installation was complete and the solar system was turned on. Semper and Paul’s community were able to come together to honor him that day.

Project Delta

Name: ???

Service Branch: ???

Charitable Ally: ???

Mission:

Coming soon!

After-Action Review:

Coming soon!